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. Which of the boats quickly takes the lead when the trans-Atlantic race finally begins at the start of the book?

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

3. Callahan realizes it will take him about ________ days to reach the shipping lanes in the ocean.

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

5. What does Callahan think he hears when he is resting beneath the canopy of his boat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Callahan do to celebrate the sight of land in the distance?

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

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

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

6. What happens as a result of Callahan fixing up the holes in his raft as he is sailing along in the water?

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

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

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

10. Where does the sinking of the Napoleon Solo take place, according to Callahan's calculations?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several times, it seems that Callahan might have been able to be rescued from his boat.

Part 1: Why do you think that Callahan's continued efforts to signal were not seen or heard?

Part 2: Is there anything else that Callahan could have done to be noticed? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think Callahan had the right tools in order to be noticed in the Atlantic Ocean?

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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