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. Why doesn't anyone on the freighter that Callahan spots see that he is signaling them to see him?

2. Callahan becomes _________ at the sight of his lost boat and his lost dream, it seems.

3. 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.

4. How high is the water in the boat as it begins to take on water after Callahan wakes up from his deep sleep?

5. What almost overcomes Callahan as he is out on the boat cleaning up a fish so as to not waste any of the parts?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Callahan begin to store food so that he may not run out of anything during times when he can not fish?

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

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

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

7. What is the fear that Callahan has when he begins to think he has reached the shipping lanes in the ocean?

8. What is one of the signs that the life raft Callahan is using for survival is not holding air as well as it used to?

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

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

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

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 3

The Coast Guard doesn't seem all that interested in helping the Callahan find their lost family member.

Part 1: Why do you think the Coast Guard isn't as helpful as they could have been?

Part 2: How do you think the Coast Guard could have helped out more?

Part 3: Do you think the story might have been a little biased in the way it portrayed the Coast Guard? Is this possible?

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