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 wake to find in his boat when he decides to get some sleep during the storm?

2. What has come undone, allowing the life raft to part from the main boat after a while?

3. What does Callahan almost miss while he is distracted by the memories playing out in his mind?

4. In order to handle the fish which continue to batter his ship, Callahan refines his ___________ technique.

5. While Callahan appreciates the simple __________ of the natural world, he still yearns to be rescued from his condition.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is it important for the harpoon gun to have a strap on it, according to Callahan?

5. Why does Callahan want to have calmer weather, even though it might mean that he has a longer time until he might reach the shipping lanes?

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

7. What does Callahan do when he finally catches a triggerfish to eat when on the boat?

8. Why does Callahan decide to grab supplies as his ship is going down, aside to aid him in survival?

9. Why does Callahan decide to eat more of the herbivore fish than the Dorado fish?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From the beginning, Callahan exercises, reads, and writes in order to pass the time on his boat.

Part 1: Why do you think it's necessary to exercise and to occupy one's mind when alone?

Part 2: How do you think you might have passed the time if you were on the boat alone?

Part 3: What do you think happens to those who are not taking the time to exercise when on a boat by themselves?

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 describes sailing as a sort of religious calling for him, when he makes one his first entries in his journal.

Part 1: Why do you think Callahan decides to document his experiences?

Part 2: Why do you think sailing could be a sort of a religious call for some people?

Part 3: Do you feel you are called to do something specific in your life? What is this calling?

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