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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the only thing the men can see at the book's beginning?
(a) The clouds in the sky.
(b) The slate color of the water.
(c) The lighthouse at Mosquito Inlet.
(d) The shark circling the boat.

3. Who takes two oars first?
(a) The oiler.
(b) The cook.
(c) The captain.
(d) The correspondent.

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

5. Who is rowing when the lighthouse comes into view?
(a) The correspondent.
(b) The oiler.
(c) The captain.
(d) The cook.

6. Why do the oiler and correspondent sit on the same seat?
(a) To row.
(b) To talk.
(c) To eat dinner.
(d) To sleep.

7. Who confirms seeing the lighthouse?
(a) The captain.
(b) The correspondent.
(c) The oiler.
(d) The cook.

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

9. Who is exhaustion overtaking in Part 3?
(a) The cook and the captain.
(b) The two rowers and the man doing the bailing.
(c) The two rowers and the captain.
(d) The correspondent and the oiler.

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

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

12. Who is present at the opening of the novel?
(a) The cook.
(b) Four men inside the boat.
(c) The captain.
(d) The correspondent.

13. What do the waves threaten to do?
(a) Calm down.
(b) Drown the boat.
(c) Sweep the men out to sea.
(d) Beat the boat into the rocks.

14. How long has it been since the four men have slept?
(a) Two days and nights.
(b) A week.
(c) Four days.
(d) A few hours.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the men feel when the intruders leave?

2. What do the men use as a mast?

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

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

5. Who calms the dispute towards the end of Part 1?

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