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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. Which of the following best describes Jack's behavior at the Harte's party BEFORE he has too much liquor?

2. Which of the following is not true about Queenie?

3. What does the waiter bring to Jack after he tries to convince Stephen to come with him on the voyage?

4. How many gun sloops did the Sophie have?

5. Where were the Norwegians hiding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What amazed Stephen while the crew was practicing beat to quarters?

2. Describe where the opening scene of this novel takes place and be sure to include descriptions of the actions occurring as well as the setting.

3. What blunder did Jack tell Stephen he made with regards to Dillon?

4. How does Jack react to the snake and what does the snake scene show about the character of Jack?

5. Describe the sky which Jack viewed as he looked to the West and its importance to the story.

6. What changes Jack's behavior at the party thrown by the Hartes and how does it change?

7. What did Dillon come to Jack's quarters to discuss which might cause problems with the sailing?

8. Why do Stephen, Dillon, and the captain of the French ship share cake?

9. What quashed any hope of prize money for the surrender of the Moors?

10. Why don't Maturin and Dillon tell everyone that they know each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the importance of the relationship between Molly and Jack. How does it change throughout the novel? Why do you believe the author includes this relationship?

Essay Topic 2

How does Stephen rationalize the things he sees while aboard the Sophie? Do you think this is a valid method? Do you think he should have taken different actions? If so what actions should he have taken?

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail the relationship between Dillon and Aubrey. How did this relationship affect Jack's ability to be captain? Do you think the Dillon was right in his views and beliefs? Do you think Jack's view's were justified? Why or why not?

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