The Open Boat Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do the men need to head for shore in Part 4?
(a) Because it is dinner time and their families have meals prepared for them.
(b) Because people are waving to them.
(c) Because the boat is being destroyed by the waves and is going to sink.
(d) Because soon they will be too exhausted to swim even if they do get close.

2. Who spots a watch fire on the beach in Part 6?
(a) The cook.
(b) The oiler.
(c) The captain.
(d) The correspondent.

3. What do the men wonder about as they head out toward deeper water in Part 4?
(a) They do not head out toward deeper water.
(b) Why the captain insists upon going out to deeper water.
(c) Why no one has tried to find them.
(d) Why Nature is so cruel.

4. What do the men see soon after the man onshore returns from the house?
(a) A bonfire to light their way.
(b) Their families waving to them.
(c) The lighthouse shining on them.
(d) An omnibus full of people.

5. What do the men need both the oiler and correspondent's strength for in Part 6?
(a) Swimming to shore while carrying the cook.
(b) Cooking dinner.
(c) Protecting the captain.
(d) Rowing to shore.

6. How does the reader now view the recalled story in Part 6?
(a) Nothing.
(b) He thinks it is funny.
(c) As heart-wrenching in its sadness and futility.
(d) It reminds him of someone he knew.

7. What is the captain doing in Part 5?
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Eating
(c) Crying.
(d) Rowing.

8. Who keeps their thoughts to himself in Part 4?
(a) All four men.
(b) The cook.
(c) The captain.
(d) The correspondent.

9. Who do the men think would be cruel to allow them to die?
(a) The captain.
(b) The men on shore.
(c) Nature.
(d) God.

10. Who orders the sail made again in Part 6?
(a) The captain.
(b) The cook.
(c) The correspondent.
(d) The oiler.

11. What does the shark do for a long time?
(a) Try to capsize the boat.
(b) There is no shark.
(c) Swim the length of both sides of the boat.
(d) Show its teeth.

12. What provides light for the men in Part 5?
(a) A bonfire on shore.
(b) The lighthouse.
(c) A candle lit by a match.
(d) There is no light.

13. What do the men think is odd in Part 4?
(a) That no one sees them.
(b) That the winds are calm.
(c) That the waves are vicious.
(d) That nature is indifferent.

14. What would the correspondent give almost anything for near the end of Part 5?
(a) For a good night's sleep.
(b) For the shark to go away.
(c) For his friends to drown.
(d) For a bite of food.

15. What hope appears in Part 5?
(a) The winds quiet.
(b) None.
(c) A lifesaving boat.
(d) The lighthouse.

Short Answer Questions

1. When do the men plan to attempt making it to shore in Part 6?

2. Who is ordered to make the sail again in Part 6?

3. Whose point of view is Part 5 of "The Open Boat" told from?

4. What can the men do about the shark?

5. Why do the men believe no one is coming to rescue them?

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