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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 6, how many pilots and co-pilots does Gann mention are killed in crashes?
2. What plane does Gann find abandoned on his first shuttle flight to South America?
3. In chapter 6, what does the reader learn about the need for pilots on Gann's route?
4. Why did Ernest retire from flying?
5. While at Goose Bay, what locations does Gann realize will offer excellent staging areas during the war?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Gann's demonstration flight go when he first flies for McCabe?
2. Pilots are assigned a seniority number. Why is this number important?
3. What is one thing Gann likes about the occasional long route from Newark to Chicago?
4. How is Ross viewed as a pilot by others on the route?
5. Why does Gann appreciate his shorter AM-21 route?
6. Gann is stationed in Maine as a civilian pilot. What does he do as a civilian pilot while stationed there?
7. Briefly describe the near death situation Gann and his co-pilot Beattie faced as noted in the novel's prologue.
8. What does Gann do with the abandoned German plane that he locates in South America on his initial flight over there?
9. Briefly describe McIntosh and his teaching style.
10. How does weather affect Gann's route in AM-21 and his ability to land at his stops?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, Ernest Gann mentions being "stalked by fate." What does Gann mean by being "stalked by fate"? Give three different examples from the novel of situations where Gann notes that he has been "stalked by fate."
Essay Topic 2
Gann uses descriptive language throughout his novel. Explain the importance of descriptive language in a novel and what the purpose of such writing is? Provide multiple examples of Gann's use of descriptive language in the novel and how it affected the way readers interpreted the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Now and then, Gann updates the reader on the status of the airline industry at the time. At the beginning of the book, what is the status of the airline industry? How does this seem to change throughout the novel? What various outside factors seem to affect the success of the aviation industry? At the end of the novel, how does the airline industry seem to be doing?
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