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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 the story Lewis tells Ed while they are driving to Oree, what happened when his friend was lost?
2. How is the first man that the four men encounter in Oree described?
3. Which of the four men going on the canoe trip is very social and well-liked by most people?
4. What does Ed like to do for his friends?
5. How do Ed and Drew get through their first whitewater on the trip?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the mood that comes over Ed when he returns to his office and is alone with his thoughts.
2. From where does Bobby Trippe come?
3. Why does Lewis say the Griner brothers won't just take the money and not deliver the cars to Aintry?
4. How do the police in Aintry verify the truth of the stories of the men?
5. How does Ed feel upon learning that Drew was shot?
6. On the second day of the trip, how is Ed swift enough to reach the shotgun first when the man holding it is shot?
7. Years after the trip, why do Ed and Lewis remain friends even though the experience has affected them in different ways?
8. While climbing the cliff after their attacker, how does Ed develop the necessary skills to overcome his lack of climbing ability?
9. How does the group feel after getting through their first whitewater safely?
10. After the canoe trip, why is Ed not sorry when Bobby disappears from his life, even though, before the trip, he enjoyed knowing him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the story, Lewis is the leader of the group although his decisions are not always the right ones. When the men search for the Cahulawassee River in order to put their canoes in and begin the journey, Lewis chooses to find the river himself rather than follow men who know the area, which results in his getting the entire group lost. Write a paper in which you discuss at least two of the following points:
1) What qualities make a person a leader?
2) Why is Lewis the leader of this particular group? Do you think he is the best man for the job? Explain your answer.
3) Once the trip is underway, do you think his decisions are good ones? Why or why not?
4) What might happen differently if one of the others is the leader of the group?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the importance of the sheriff to the story. How does he differ from the rural Southerners the main characters met during their canoe trip? What about his actions and conversations point out those differences? How does the author use him to symbolize a type of Southerner that is neither the typical suburbanite represented by the main characters nor the rural Southerners who attacked them. Cite other examples of Southerners met briefly on the canoe trip who may fit this third character type.
Essay Topic 3
Sports are associated with competition and are a way of improving one's self. Discuss the various sports Ed and Lewis trained for and had experience in before the novel begins and how those skills come in handy during the events of the trip. Discuss how things might have turned out if neither man possessed those particular skills. If they had no such skills, would the men have survived? If your answer is no, explain the difference their survival skills make. If your answer is "y es," explain how they might have survived.
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