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

2. What does Caden describe infesting the ship in Chapter 55?

3. How deep does the protagonist claim the Marianas Trench to be in Chapter 2?

4. What does the Caden describe on the walls of his sister's room in Chapter 6?

5. What color hair is Carlyle described as having in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What observations does Max make regarding Caden's behavior in Chapter 51?

3. What information does Caden relate about the Marianas Deep in Chapter 35?

4. What conversation does Calliope have with Caden in Chapter 42?

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

6. What are Caden and the Captain discussing in Chapter 2?

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

8. What advice does the navigator give to Caden regarding his emotions in Chapter 5?

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

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

How does Caden describe the experience of his mental illness in the novel? In what ways is Caden's illness glorious to him? In what ways is it tragic? What emotions does Caden experience as he enters into his first "episode"?

Essay Topic 2

How are the treatments for mental illness portrayed in Challenger Deep? What are the positive and negative aspects of Caden's treatment? What are the outcomes of the treatment that Caden receives at Seaview?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of tragedy in mental illness in Challenger Deep. What tragedies appear in the novel? How are these tragedies directly or indirectly connected to mental illness? What symbolism supports this theme?

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