The Shipping News

by: Annie Proulx

Themes, Motifs, and Symbols Quick Quiz

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What larger theme does Proulx identify with the disappearance of traditional Newfoundland character types?

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Where does Proulx draw her literary narrative from, consistent with the tradition of Willa Cather and Sarah Orne Jewett?

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What does Quoyle struggle to resist as a determining factor in his life?

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What motif enables Proulx to give readers a sense of the collective consciousness of Newfoundlanders?

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What symbol represents the weakness and disintegration of the old Quoyle dynasty?