Challenger Deep Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the obsession that the narrator describes taking over him in Chapter 44?

2. What is Chapter 2's title?

3. What is the challenge that the Captain gives to Caden in Chapter 34?

4. In Chapter 66, the narrator describes "forces out there that want to crush your spirit even as it" does what?

5. Into what material has the ship turned in Chapter 47?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the narrative in Chapter 2 related? From what perspective is the majority of the story told? Why?

2. What positions for the mission have been doled out to the inner circle on the pirate ship in Chapter 40?

3. What behavior of Caden's causes Mackenzie to lose her temper in Chapter 44?

4. How would you describe the narrative style in Chapter 1? Why does the author employ this narrative perspective here?

5. What is the White Plastic Kitchen? How is it described in Chapter 10?

6. Who are the crew members that have been called for the mission in Chapter 35? How are they described?

7. How does Caden describe his past on the pirate ship in Chapter 4?

8. What metaphor does the narrator make in describing the donation bucket at the mall in Chapter 7?

9. What game does Caden describe playing with his friends at the mall when he was younger in Chapter 12?

10. How does Calliope respond when Caden compares her to the Statue of Liberty in Chapter 48?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative style of Challenger Deep. From what narrative perspective is the majority of the novel related? What are exceptions to this norm? What do the exceptions signify? How would the story differ if related from a different point of view?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss examples of literary, mythological, and historical allusion in the novel. How do these allusions relate to the themes in Challenger Deep? How do the characters relate to these allusions?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the character of Hal in the novel. What is Hal's nickname? How is Hal represented in Caden's alternate reality? What happens to Hal in the novel?

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