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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 believes that the water traffic will begin to pick up once he gets on the belt between Brazil and __________.
2. What is polluting the water which is being captured in the solar still, according to Callahan's observations?
3. What still requires constant attention in order to function properly and to help Callahan survive?
4. Why does Callahan turn on his beacon after drinking some of the tainted water? What does he think he hears?
5. What has atrophied so severely that Callahan is unable to keep himself upright?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the main problem Callahan's family is having with the Coast Guard in an effort to rescue him from the ocean?
2. What is the new source of food that Callahan finds which he has not seen in a while on his journey?
3. What does Callahan decide he needs to banish from his mind if he is to survive in the boat?
4. What are the three parts in which Callahan decides his mind has been split into as a result of this trip on the sea?
5. What happens when the dorado that Callahan tries to catch struggles with him during the process?
6. What happens to the raft as the winds begin to pick up around the raft as Callahan tries to navigate?
7. How does Callahan attempt to reinforce his cracked spearhead when he attempts to fish the next day after the incident with the dorado?
8. What happens to the boat as a result of the fish fighting with Callahan during his attempts to catch it?
9. What does Callahan decide he wants to eat when he is in the hospital, refusing other types of nourishment?
10. What does Callahan do to celebrate the sight of land in the distance?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
From the beginning, it seems that Callahan did not anticipate his boat capsizing, as all of his supplies were stored in the lower parts of the boat, out of reach.
Part 1: Do you think that Callahan was well prepared for his trans-Atlantic journey?
Part 2: How else do you think Callahan could have prepared for the journey across the ocean?
Part 3: Do you think it's better to prepare for the worst or assume everything will work out well?
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