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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the men view their current situation in Part 2?
(a) As exhilarating.
(b) As terrifying.
(c) As boring.
(d) As glorious.

2. Where do the four men hope to find refuge?
(a) Ireland.
(b) Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse.
(c) Bumblebee Cove.
(d) Italy.

3. What do the men learn quickly?
(a) That they will never reach land.
(b) That they cannot construct a sail.
(c) That with each crashing wave, there is another one right on its wake.
(d) That they are near land.

4. Who loses concept of time?
(a) The captain.
(b) The oiler.
(c) The four men.
(d) The cook.

5. What do the men realize when the water changes from gray to emerald green?
(a) That the storm has lifted.
(b) That it must be daylight.
(c) That it is nighttime.
(d) That the storm has arrived.

6. Who first spots a lighthouse?
(a) The cook.
(b) The oiler.
(c) The correspondent.
(d) The captain.

7. What does the sun transform the ocean into in Part 2?
(a) A nightmarish deathtrap.
(b) A spectacular light show.
(c) A friendly acquaintance.
(d) A warm bath.

8. Near the end of Part 3, how long do the men guess it will now take them to reach shore?
(a) An hour.
(b) Five minutes.
(c) A week.
(d) A day.

9. What aims at the captain's head?
(a) Seagulls.
(b) Wind.
(c) Seaweed.
(d) Waves.

10. What would make the men see their situation as glorious?
(a) They do see it as glorious.
(b) Viewing it from a vantage point.
(c) Escaping from it.
(d) Absolutely nothing.

11. What floats by to taunt the men?
(a) Seaweed.
(b) A jacket.
(c) A message in a bottle.
(d) Seagulls.

12. How long do the oiler and correspondent take turns rowing in Part 2?
(a) For quite some time.
(b) For three days.
(c) For over a week.
(d) For nearly a month.

13. What do the men entertain the thought of towards the end of Part 1?
(a) That they will die soon.
(b) That someone will see them from shore.
(c) That they can construct a sail.
(d) That they are starving.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the men focus on as they row in Part 1?

2. Why do the oiler and correspondent sit on the same seat?

3. What do the men use as a sail?

4. What curls over the men?

5. Why are the men forced into rowing again in Part 3?

(see the answer keys)

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