Middle Passage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What activates the safety on the pistol that Falcon gives Rutherford?

2. What ability does Ngonyama have?

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

4. What prophecy of Reverend Chandler about him does Rutherford say comes true in Entry 3?

5. When is the only time Cringle seems to relax?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. 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. 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?

8. 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?

9. In what languages does Captain Falcon think simultaneously?

10. How does Rutherford describe Captain Falcon?

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

Compare and contrast Isadora's and Rutherford's personalities, and explain why the differences in their personalities made their attraction to each other so powerful. Back up your arguments with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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