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

2. How many bullet holes does Captain Falcon's door have in it?

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

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

5. Who does Cringle tell Rutherford is already aboard the ship when Rutherford presents his (stolen) work papers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rutherford describe Captain Falcon?

2. When Rutherford, angry about the deal Isadora has made with Zeringue, asks her "how could you do this to me?" what is her response?

3. 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?

4. Rutherford tells Isadora he doesn't want to marry anyone. As he thinks about the situation, what does he realize about his reluctance to marry Isadora?

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

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

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

8. How does Cringle compare jail and being a crew member aboard a ship?

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

10. After the mutiny conference when Rutherford brings Captain Falcon his dinner, what does he say to the captain when asked for a report on the activities of the crew?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and explain how Rutherford's difficulty, post-rescue, in adjusting to a peaceful life, along with his physical changes, are indicative of how much the voyage aboard the Republic had changed him. Back up your statements with examples from the text.

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

Compare and contrast Zeringue's unsuccessful attempt to blackmail Rutherford into marrying Isadora in the beginning of the novel with Rutherford's successful attempt to blackmail Zeringue into canceling his wedding to Isadora so that Rutherford can marry her, and analyze why Rutherford was successful where Zeringue was not. Use the text as evidence of your arguments.

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