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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. For how many days is Jim held prisoner before his successful escape?

2. What is the name of the Sultan's uncle who extorts and steals from the country-born Malays?

3. What does the court cancel for both the chief mate and the skipper?

4. On Marlow's next trip to the region where Jim is working with the ship-chandlers, what does Marlow learn?

5. What does Jim contemplate doing while in the lifeboat, but does not do because he does not want to give the other three men in the lifeboat the satisfaction?

Short Essay Questions

1. Brown's encounter with Jewel at Stein's home reveals a pattern evident in Jim's life. What is the pattern?

2. What is the court ruling that results from the inquiry?

3. As revealed in Chapter 34, why does Cornelius despise Jim?

4. After completing his training, Jim goes to sea and takes part in a number of voyages, yet he is still unsatisfied. Why?

5. Why are none of the passengers informed of the ship's accident?

6. As Jim reads the letter that Marlow has written for him and wants him to take with him, what does Jim realize?

7. According to Jim's confession to Marlow, why does Jim refuse to run away from the inquiry?

8. After Marlow shares the example of Jim's worst incident of simply getting up and fleeing because of his past, what does Marlow confide that Jim was most dismayed by?

9. Through Marlow's letter, what can be deduced about the coming chapters in the story?

10. As Marlow prepares to return to the "real world", what does he know for sure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the character of Jim changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Jim's character when he is working as a water clerk, when he first meets Marlow, when he flees from the Patna, when he decides to relocate to Patusan, and when he confronts Doramin after Dain Waris' death. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Jim and Stein can be seen as kindred spirits. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two men's similarities facilitate their understanding of each other and how it deepens their relationship.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Is the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

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