Middle Passage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Charles Johnson
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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. How many lines of a book had Captain Falcon taught himself to read at once?

2. During his sob story, how did Rutherford say his mother had died?

3. How old does Squibb tell Rutherford he is?

4. What was the profession of Captain Falcon's father?

5. Where did freedman Rutherford Calhoun work when he was a slave?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what languages does Captain Falcon think simultaneously?

2. As Cringle is taking Rutherford to meet the captain, Rutherford gives Cringle his real reasons for boarding the ship. What are they?

3. The night Rutherford meets with Zeringue, he finds that he owes Zeringue 50,000 francs. He also learns that Zeringue and Isadora have made a deal regarding his debt with Zeringue. What are the details of this deal?

4. On the day Rutherford meets Baleka and her mother, he throws Baleka a biscuit. What is her mother's response?

5. What tendency of Rutherford's can Reverend Chandler do nothing to stifle?

6. As Rutherford looks at the crates of souvenirs (such as scrolls, paintings, and prayer carpets), whom does he realize is paying for the items and why?

7. When Falcon returns to his cabin and finds Rutherford there, he tells Rutherford that he has to defend himself against six men. What weapon does Falcon use?

8. What did Falcon grow up determined to do with his life?

9. How does Isadora try to convince Rutherford to change?

10. What does Rutherford think about Isadora's choice of New Orleans as her city of residence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the Allmuseri are originally described in Entry 4 with how they actually lived up to their reputations, and analyze how their experiences, and exposure to a new way of life, on board the Republic could have contributed to this fundamental change in their character. Back up your statements with proof from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the environments aboard the Republic and the Juno from the perspective of the personality and priorities of each ship's captain, and analyze how the differences contribute to the respective crews' morale and loyalty to their commander. Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Using the text as backup, analyze how Cringle's lifelong quest to please his father has destroyed him emotionally and psychologically, and explain how Cringle's physical condition in Entry 7 is used by the author to symbolize his internal devastation.

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