Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Steven Callahan
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Callahan pack which he felt he had good luck in bringing with him, though he hadn't expected to use it?

2. Callahan tries to keep his own spirits up by distracting himself with _______ and daydreams.

3. On Callahan's __________ day at sea, he is cleaning out a dorado fish when he has a health issue.

4. What continues to cause Callahan's ship to be battered about the ocean, not adding to the comfort of Callahan?

5. The strobe light atop the ship's ________ continues to blink as Callahan watches the boat move away from him.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem of the choices which Callahan continues to make as he faces the problems of surviving in the boat?

2. What does Callahan risk when he tries to squeak past the Finisterre during the next stage of the race?

3. What does Callahan learn about the Italian vessel he passes during the beginning stages of the race?

4. When Callahan sees a distant ship after his success with the food storage, how does he try to signal the ship?

5. How does Callahan decide to ease his digestion as the lack of bowel movements are becoming uncomfortable and upsetting to him?

6. How does Callahan get the supplies he needs as he moves to his new location in the life raft?

7. Why doesn't Callahan use his EPIRB more often in order to signal for help?

8. What are some of the leisure activities Callahan indulges in when he is on the Napoleon Solo?

9. What has happened to the electrics in the Napoleon Solo, according to the notes of Callahan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over time, Callahan begins to refer to the fishes around him as his friends and companions on his journey.

Part 1: Why do you think Callahan begins to see the fish as his friends?

Part 2: How do you think Callahan rationalizes the killing of the fish in order to provide him food?

Part 3: Do you think all humans instinctively seek out companionship? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The choice to set out on a journey on the high seas by one's self is not a decision to be made lightly.

Part 1: What do you think the reasons were for Callahan's desire to take on this journey?

Part 2: Do you think that this is a nonsense dream or do you think it's admirable? Support your answer.

Part 3: How do you think Callahan made his decision? What might have been his personal considerations?

Essay Topic 3

Callahan thinks of his family often, what they are doing, and how they might be thinking of him.

Part 1: Why do you think Callahan continues to think about his family when he is out on the boat?

Part 2: Do you think it's helpful to think about home when you're in a survival situation?

Part 3: How do you think your family might react if you were lost at sea? Why?

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