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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What language were the Christian hymns sung in at the rite for the princess?
(a) An unknown language.
(b) English.
(c) Native Hawaiian.
(d) A mixture of Hawaiian and English.

2. As Twain explained the story in chapter 21, where was Charlton a British consul in Hawaii?
(a) Hilo.
(b) Lihue.
(c) Honolulu.
(d) Wailuku.

3. What did a dozen women begin doing as the rite for the princess started?
(a) Dance.
(b) Sit down.
(c) Leave.
(d) Wail.

4. Why did Hawaii cede the islands to Paulet after his demands were made?
(a) The Hawaiian government was too weak.
(b) There was no Hawaiian government to combat the demands.
(c) The natives wanted to keep Paulet in Hawaii.
(d) The natives were afraid of Paulet.

5. How many times did Twain prevent Mr. Brown from stealing something from the spot that Captain Cook was murdered while they waited for the schooner in chapter 20?
(a) Five times.
(b) Once.
(c) Six times.
(d) Twice.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many days had passed before the captain of the Hornet ordered the lifeboats to be separated in order to increase their chances of being spotted?

2. What comment did Twain make about Hawaiian women in chapter 24?

3. According to Twain, how did the chiefs mourn Kamehameha's passing?

4. What position did Twain's principal interview subject, John S. Thomas, have aboard the Hornet?

5. Which aspects of the ceremony caused Twain to write about it as a spectacle in chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the schooner, the Boomerang, like and why did Twain have difficulty sleeping on his voyage?

2. What was it about Hawaii's sugar production that impressed Twain in chapter 23?

3. What reaction did Paulet have to Charlton's situation?

4. What description did Twain give of Kona's volcanic ground?

5. Where did Twain watch the ceremony for Princess Victoria in chapter 16, and how did the natives prepare for it?

6. Who was Charlton and why was he sued in Hawaiian courts?

7. How did Twain display his awareness of the responsibility he had as a journalist when he wrote about his voyage on the Boomerang?

8. What did Twain and Mr. Brown see at the city of refuge in chapter 22?

9. What was Twain's visit of Waiohinu like in chapter 24?

10. What did the crew of the Hornet do for food and water while sailing on the Pacific after their ship had burned?

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