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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What begins to dart at the men?
(a) Wind.
(b) Waves.
(c) Seagulls.
(d) Seaweed.

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

5. Who is trying to figure out what he is doing on the boat?
(a) The captain.
(b) The oiler.
(c) The correspondent.
(d) The cook.

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

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

8. What does each man finally catch a glimpse of after constructing the sail?
(a) The lighthouse.
(b) The waves.
(c) The sun.
(d) Land.

9. What do the men use as a sail?
(a) A blanket.
(b) A tarp.
(c) A sail.
(d) The captain's overcoat.

10. Who calms the dispute towards the end of Part 1?
(a) The captain.
(b) The oiler.
(c) The cook.
(d) The correspondent.

11. What idea seems optimistic at best?
(a) Surviving the storm.
(b) Meeting their deadline.
(c) Reaching land.
(d) Finding dinner.

12. What will the men need in order to reach the shore if the boat overturns?
(a) Good luck.
(b) Strong wills.
(c) All of their strength.
(d) The oars.

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

14. What does the correspondent argue about?
(a) Who will fix dinner.
(b) The difference between a life-saving station and a house of refuge.
(c) Whether they will survive.
(d) When they will be rescued.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tries to calm the other men?

2. Who takes two oars first?

3. What do the men learn quickly?

4. Who confirms seeing the lighthouse?

5. What do the men search the shoreline for?

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