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 does Rutherford describe Nathaniel Meadows?

2. The next time Rutherford talks to Falcon, what does Falcon tell him he plans to do with the Allmuseri once they reach land?

3. How much pay does Falcon offer Rutherford (an offer that Rutherford accepts) to remain part of the crew?

4. How much water do the Allmuseri have in the hold where they are they are kept?

5. According to Rutherford, what are Falcon's legs shorter than?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What ability does Rutherford lose while at sea?

3. What, according to Rutherford, is proof of Isadora's kind heart?

4. When Falcon begins telling Rutherford intimate details about his crew, what does Rutherford decide the captain's motives for doing so must be?

5. In what languages does Captain Falcon think simultaneously?

6. 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?

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

8. Why, although it is against his better judgment, does Rutherford steal Squibb's work papers?

9. As Rutherford learns more about the Republic from Cringle, he finds it is a typical ship. What, according to Rutherford, is a "typical ship"?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the text as backup, demonstrate and explain how the key that Rutherford gives Ngonyama in Entry 5 symbolizes the trust that is developing between the two men.

Essay Topic 2

During their first meeting, Captain Falcon told Rutherford that by the end of the trip he would be a "man's man." Did this prediction come true? Support your argument, for or against, with proof and examples from the text.

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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