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. The Endurance is designed to sail with what?

2. What do the men discover about the new camp?

3. Where does Shackleton head for final provisioning?

4. What do Shackleton and the crew realize about the ice?

5. What are the men able to salvage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What pieces of land do the men get relatively close to on the ice floe?

2. What do the men salvage off the Endurance?

3. How many boats does the ship have? What do the men do to the boats?

4. What do the men do to pass the time on the ice floe?

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

6. How do the men get the gigantic leopard seal?

7. What happens as the ship approaches Vahsel Bay?

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

9. What experience does Shackleton have as an explorer?

10. The men begin to notice that the ice is affecting the Endurance. What is occurring and how is the Endurance affected?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify three characteristics or resources you think allow people to survive being shipwrecked and waiting for help without giving up hope altogether. Do you think the crew of the Endurance illustrated these characteristics? Why or why not? Why do you think the crew was able to adapt to the situations in which they found themselves without more problems and issues within the group?

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

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?

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