Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage 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 confines the men to their tents for days at a time?

2. What exception does Shackleton make to the two-pound personal gear rule?

3. What is the temperature in June?

4. What does McNeish do to the three boats?

5. As the men attempt to move with the sledges, who refuses to go on until Shackleton intervenes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Patience Camp ice floe?

2. What concerns the men about their camp on the ice floe?

3. In preparation for the attempted trek to Paulet Island, how do the men prepare?

4. What does Shackleton decide to do in December? What leads to this decision?

5. How is the Endurance designed for a polar expedition?

6. What leads the men to take to the boats?

7. What experience does Shackleton have as an explorer?

8. What do the men do after they realize that the Endurance is trapped in the ice?

9. How does Blackboro join the expedition?

10. What are the men like that Shackleton takes with him as the crew?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Drake Passage. Why is this passage so dangerous? Why do you think Shackleton braves this passage? Would you have made the same decision? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How do the men deal with the endless waiting during the expedition? What specific actions do they take to lessen the mental and physical effects of this? Why do you think that waiting took such a heavy toll on the crew? How do you think you would react in a similar situation?

Essay Topic 3

What was it like for the men in the open boats? What dangers did they face? Why do you think Shackleton chose this action over other alternatives? Do you think the risk was worth it? Why or why not? What would you have chosen to do in the same circumstance?

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