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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose nature is naturally more cynical than the others'?
(a) The cook.
(b) The correspondent.
(c) The oiler.
(d) The captain.

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

3. What does the captain remind the other men?
(a) That they are going to die.
(b) That they are nearly out of food.
(c) That they will reach the shore.
(d) That they must rest.

4. What is being rocked as the novel opens?
(a) The large ship.
(b) The baby.
(c) The tiny boat.
(d) The carriage.

5. Who bails water from the boat?
(a) The correspondent.
(b) The cook.
(c) The oiler.
(d) The captain.

6. Who silently marks their adventure as the best experience that he has ever had?
(a) The cook.
(b) The correspondent.
(c) The oiler.
(d) The captain.

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

8. What does the correspondent take turns doing with the oiler in Part 2?
(a) Complaining about their chance of being rescued.
(b) Eating dinner.
(c) Rowing with both oars.
(d) Sleeping.

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

10. 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.

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

12. Why are the men forced into rowing again in Part 3?
(a) They are not forced into rowing again.
(b) The wind dies down.
(c) The sail breaks.
(d) They never stop rowing.

13. Why do the men row?
(a) To save their lives.
(b) For sport.
(c) For exercise.
(d) They do not row.

14. How do the men view the intruders?
(a) As an ominous omen.
(b) As disgusting and annoying.
(c) As potential food.
(d) As friends.

15. Who is forced into rowing again in Part 3?
(a) The correspondent and the oiler.
(b) The correspondent and the captain.
(c) The cook and the captain.
(d) The oiler and the captain.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who rows with the correspondent?

2. Why is it obvious that none of the other life boats have made it back to shore?

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

4. What do the men construct in Part 3 that yields immediate results?

5. Why do the four men become the most loyal of friends?

(see the answer keys)

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