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

2. What does Callahan successfully kill with a lucky shot, though he is not able to bring it on board?

3. Callahan is plagued by ________ and loss at all of the items he was not able to bring with him on the raft.

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

5. Callahan, fueled by his dream, grows up to be a _________ and ship designer, eventually designing his own small craft.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Callahan risk when he tries to squeak past the Finisterre during the next stage of the race?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens after Callahan is able to kill a Dorado fish which has been running into his boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Callahan immediately wonders what supplies he did not take with him when he has to move onto his life raft.

Part 1: Why do you think Callahan didn't have his supplies readily available to him?

Part 2: What else might you have taken for supplies if you were in Callahan's situation?

Part 3: How do you think Callahan did with the supplies that he did take from the boat? Did he do well or not?

Essay Topic 2

The storms that batter the seas around Callahan from the beginning do not deter him from his goals.

Part 1: Why do you think that storms were not a concern for Callahan?

Part 2: How do you think you would have handled the presence of storms if you were on the boat?

Part 3: Do you think there is ever a time when the seas are completely calm?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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