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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the men focus on as they row in Part 1?
(a) The color of the sky.
(b) The fish that may become their dinner.
(c) Only the wave in front of them.
(d) Each other.

2. How do the men feel when the intruders leave?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Relieved.
(c) Angry.
(d) Sad.

3. What determines the gravity of a situation?
(a) The danger.
(b) Perspective and view.
(c) Nature.
(d) The age of the people involved.

4. What do the men use as a mast?
(a) A mop.
(b) One of the men.
(c) A mast.
(d) An oar.

5. Which man's life is not of the sea?
(a) The correspondent.
(b) The captain.
(c) The oiler.
(d) The cook.

6. What is the boat comparable to in size?
(a) A bathtub.
(b) A house.
(c) A mountain.
(d) A sofa.

7. What are the men facing in Part 2?
(a) Being rescued.
(b) Starvation.
(c) A wall of water rushing at them.
(d) Each other.

8. Why do the four men become the most loyal of friends?
(a) They do not.
(b) Their current circumstances.
(c) They have always been loyal friends.
(d) They are very alike.

9. What do the waves seem determined to do?
(a) Drown the dingy.
(b) Sweep the captain out of the boat and into the sea.
(c) Escort the men to safety on land.
(d) The waves do not seem determined.

10. Why is the correspondent unable to see the lighthouse?
(a) He is sleeping.
(b) There is no lighthouse.
(c) He is too busy rowing to turn around and see it.
(d) His eyes are too tired to see so far in the distance.

11. What does the correspondent find in his pocket?
(a) A piece of paper.
(b) A match.
(c) Four dry cigars.
(d) Food.

12. What do the men search the shoreline for?
(a) A restaurant.
(b) A life-saving station or a house of refuge.
(c) Their families, awaiting their return.
(d) A hotel.

13. Who is the crew on the tiny boat?
(a) Three lifelong friends.
(b) Three unlikely shipmates.
(c) Three bitter enemies.
(d) Three close brothers.

14. Where is the lighthouse?
(a) At Mosquito Inlet.
(b) At Bumblee Cove.
(c) In Ireland.
(d) In Italy.

15. Who dampens the others' spirits in Part 3?
(a) The correspondent.
(b) The captain.
(c) The cook.
(d) The oiler.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the oiler doing at the beginning of the novel?

2. What does the correspondent argue about?

3. What does each man finally catch a glimpse of after constructing the sail?

4. What is in better view towards the end of Part 3?

5. What does the captain use to get rid of their intruders?

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