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. Training and __________ take over when Callahan is getting himself ready to move to the life raft.

2. What happens to the bottom of the older solar still, even with the many efforts of Callahan to fix it?

3. How many men are supposedly able to fit inside of the life raft Callahan now inhabits?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What kind of dream is Callahan having when he wakes up in the night to crashing waves in the boat?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Callahan is an experienced sailor and so it seems that he is able to know what he needs to do in order to survive.

Part 1: Do you think society as a whole knows what they would need to do in Callahan's situation?

Part 2: Do you think Callahan's experience increased his rate of survival?

Part 3: How do you think a non-experienced sailor might react in this sort of survival situation?

Essay Topic 2

Callahan sleeps on the boat, which makes sense, but to readers who are not familiar with sailing, that might seem strange.

Part 1: Do you think you could sleep while sailing a boat?

Part 2: Why do you think Callahan is able to close his eyes and sleep without any troubles?

Part 3: How do you think you would feel more comfortable sleeping on a boat?

Essay Topic 3

When Callahan is faced with sickness, this could have resulted in the end of his life without the proper medical equipment.

Part 1: Why do you think Callahan is able to overcome his illnesses?

Part 2: Do you think another person might not have been able to overcome this illness that Callahan faces?

Part 3: How do you think Callahan could have avoided illness on the boat?

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