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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. Callahan decides it is his __________ which allows him to survive in the boat and in the world.
2. When the final solar still finally breaks, Callahan only has _______ and dorado for sustenance as well as his emergency water supply.
3. What has become a frozen lump of rust, not very effective for signalling to passing ships?
4. Callahan's need for __________ completely contradicts his need for food, water, and shelter.
5. Callahan realizes that his ___________ is fragile at his point of the trip but he banishes the doubt from his mind.
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the relationship that Callahan suddenly imagines with the dorado fish as they move past his boat?
2. How had the fishermen come to find Callahan's boat in the water?
3. What does Callahan finally realize about the way a man's life is measured in terms of its worth to others?
4. What happens when the dorado that Callahan tries to catch struggles with him during the process?
5. What is becoming harder for Callahan to complete after he has fixed the breach in the boat?
6. What does Callahan not have to worry about at night anymore now that the weather has turned warm?
7. What does Callahan do when he realizes that he may be about two weeks from land?
8. What does Callahan have to do before he can fix up the problem with the lower half of the life raft?
9. What is the new source of food that Callahan finds which he has not seen in a while on his journey?
10. What can't Callahan do because of his declining health and hydration, even though he is filled with heartbreak?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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