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 the Republic begins its return trip to New Orleans, what does it encounter?

2. During the storm encountered by the Republic, who is among those swept out to sea?

3. What does Isadora tell Rutherford he should do instead of constantly getting drunk?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. After the storm dies down, what does Matthew McGaffin accuse Cringle of?

10. In what languages does Captain Falcon think simultaneously?

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

Citing examples from the text, analyze and explain why Rutherford's grudges and resentment against his brother, Jackson, as well as his abandonment by both his father and (to an extent) Reverend Chandler, make it difficult for him to trust others.

Essay Topic 3

Is Cringle's sacrifice of his body for the crew in Entry 8 in line with, or antithetical to, his character? Provide a complete analysis and exposition of your stance, and use the text as proof of your arguments.

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