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. When he arrives in New Orleans, where does Rutherford try, but fail, to find work?

2. The crew seems to spend most of their time at sea:

3. What position does Peter Cringle hold aboard the Republic?

4. Captain Ebenezer Falcon has a reputation for being:

5. How many slaves is Ngonyama put in charge of?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what languages does Captain Falcon think simultaneously?

2. Once Rutherford has broken into the captain's quarters, what does he not do?

3. What is Captain Falcon's reason for telling Rutherford to sit down?

4. Rutherford's first excuse for coming aboard the ship is that he is Squibb and is ready to work. What is his second excuse, after Cringle tells him that Squibb is on board?

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

6. When Cringle is appointed to become captain once Falcon is out of the way, what does he promise the crew?

7. How does Rutherford describe Captain Falcon?

8. 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?

9. What kind of man does Rutherford see portrayed in Captain Falcon's journal entries?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Perhaps the most prevalent themes in Middle Passage are those of deception, blackmail, and stealing. Choose one of the following characters and demonstrate, backing up your arguments from the book, how these themes were evidenced in the character's behavior:

1) Isadora

2) Zeringue

3) Ngonyama

4) Squibb

5) Diamelo

Essay Topic 2

Using the text as backup, compare and contrast Rutherford's and Captain Falcon's personalities, particularly their individual approaches towards honesty and ability to trust, and explain how the relationship that develops between them plays a role in the development of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and explain how and why the events of the third entry prove to be a turning point for Rutherford and signify a "sea change" in his personality and basic character. Back up your arguments with proof from the text.

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