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 does Callahan call 'dangerously capricious' when he is writing down his thoughts in his journal?

2. With what does Callahan bail out sea water from the boat as he is drifting in the ocean?

3. While he is taking a risk by not going out to __________, Callahan decides that taking the shorter route is the best for his chances of winning.

4. What comes along with the sudden rainfall that Callahan encounters during his journey on the ocean in this section?

5. In the dead of the night, Callahan has to fight off _________ in order to make sure that he is safe and secure in his boat.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Callahan begin to document in order to calculate the odds of his own survival?

2. What can't Callahan do because of his declining health and hydration, even though he is filled with heartbreak?

3. How had the fishermen come to find Callahan's boat in the water?

4. How long does Callahan calculate it will take the boat to reach the shipping lanes of the ocean?

5. What is the damage which Callahan notices has occurred on his fishing spear, making it less effective?

6. What happens to the harpoon gun that Callahan has had on the boat with him during his journey?

7. What is the fix that Callahan uses on the lower tube, helping it to hold air better than the upper tube?

8. What is the first sign of land what Callahan sees when he wakes up during the night on April 20th?

9. What was the warning that Callahan's ex-wife had given him, which Callahan now recalls?

10. What is able to help Callahan replenish his water supply for a bit while the stills continue to be temperamental?

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

Callahan's struggle to survive causes him to react instinctively when things go wrong.

Part 1: Why do you think the brain is able to continue to do things which will support human life?

Part 2: How do you think your body and mind might react if you were suddenly in a survival situation?

Part 3: Why do you think Callahan doesn't always trust in his survival instincts at first?

Essay Topic 3

Many times, fixes which Callahan put into place suddenly do not work in the way that they did at the beginning.

Part 1: Why do you think the fixes aren't able to hold as well as Callahan thought they would?

Part 2: Would you panic if your fixes didn't work the way you expected them to?

Part 3: How do you think you might respond to problems in your boat returning again and again?

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