Children of the Sea 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. Who says, "The sea in that spot is like the sharks that live there. It has no mercy?"

2. Who are the main characters in the story?

3. What does the male narrator say are the only newborn babies he has ever seen?

4. Who said, "Gossip spreads here like everywhere else"?

5. Who said, "Now we will never be mistaken for Cubans?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ville Rose. Why is it special for the female narrator?

2. Describe the last time the male narrator saw his mother.

3. What happened to the young man on the boat the first time he tried to sail to Miami?

4. Where is the line drawn in what is decent and what is not in the boat? What bodily functions, though unavoidable, are in a way shunned or cause the passengers unwonted embarrassment or vulnerability?

5. From the female narrator's words only, what do we know about the political situation in Haiti? What is happening to them daily? What institutions are closed?

6. What happens in the male narrator's dream?

7. What does the female narrator do in a "last resort" way to preserve hope after the black butterflies come? Does it work?

8. Describe the male narrator's reaction to Celianne going into labor. What does this reveal about the narrator?

9. What is the male narrator's last memory of his mother? How do you think this affects him?

10. Think about the final paragraphs the male narrator writes. Explore the contrast between the "deep blue sea" and the "blood drenched earth." Do you agree with the narrator's idea that he was meant to be a "child of the sea?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the sea personified in the story? What do the narrators descriptions of the sea tell us about the narrator himself? How does this contrast with the female narrator's descriptions of the mountains?

Essay Topic 2

Think about the symbolism of butterflies in the story. How does the image of butterflies evolve? What does this tell us about the events in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Think about the old man on the boat. What do you think his presence represents? Why do you think he is always looking over the narrator's shoulder as he writes? Why do you think the narrator asks him to tell his story to his parents? What do you make of the old man's vision?

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