Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea Short Essay - Answer Key

Steven Callahan
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1. What happened as a result of Callahan's readings of Tinkerbell when he was a child?

As a result of Callahan's readings of Tinkerbell as a child, he came up with his lifelong dream to cross the Atlantic in a small boat.

2. How does Callahan decide to prove to himself that he can fulfill his dream to cross the ocean during his life time?

Callahan decides to prove to himself that he can cross the ocean by entering the 600 mile transatlantic solo race called the Mini Transat.

3. What does Mr. Willoughby try to tell Callahan about his dream to sail a boat across the ocean?

Rattled by the death of another sailor, Mr. Willoughby tries to talk Callahan out of his dream, calling sailing 'bad business.'

4. Why was there a possibility the Mini Transat might be delayed before Callahan had a chance to enter into it?

The Mini Transat might have been delayed at the start of the story due to the weather being windy and likely to worsen.

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