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

2. What state did the Hornet leave on January 15?
(a) Maine.
(b) New Jersey.
(c) Rhode Island.
(d) New York.

3. As Twain recalled in chapter 17, why were the remains of chiefs thrown into volcanoes?
(a) To avoid a burial.
(b) To keep them from being disturbed.
(c) As a way to hide them.
(d) As a sign of respect.

4. What state did Twain compare Hawaii's sugar production with in chapter 23?
(a) Georgia.
(b) California.
(c) Louisiana.
(d) Florida.

5. At the end of chapter 18, what did Twain warn the reader was not easy to come by in Hawaii?
(a) Hats.
(b) Horses.
(c) Saddles.
(d) Boots.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following was not included in the reasons why Twain thought a Hawaiian sugar monopoly was possible?

2. How long before the arrival of the missionaries was Kamehameha's funeral?

3. Based on Twain's accounting in chapter 23, how much sugar did Hawaii produce each year?

4. What did Twain and Mr. Brown eventually do in order to secure food while waiting for their schooner in chapter 20?

5. What extra food did the captain make for Twain during his trip to Hawaii in chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Twain, what was the source of the Hawaiian's use of their ancient customs during the funeral in chapter 16?

2. How was Captain Cook's monument described by Twain in chapter 20?

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

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

5. What fruit surprised Twain in Kona and why?

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

7. What was Kamehameha's funeral like, and when did it take place?

8. How long did it take the Hornet to burn and what did the crew do as it was burning?

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

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

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