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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What makes the men feel the way they do about their current situation in Part 2?
(a) The waves.
(b) The storm.
(c) The small size of their boat.
(d) Being where they are.

2. Why are these four men on the tiny boat?
(a) They were out fishing and got caught in the storm.
(b) It is not explained.
(c) They are returning from an expedition for gold.
(d) Their ship was destroyed by pirates.

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

4. How do the men feel when the intruders leave?
(a) Angry.
(b) Indifferent.
(c) Relieved.
(d) Sad.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the waves threaten to do?

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

3. Who commands the tiny boat?

4. What would make the men see their situation as glorious?

5. Which man's life is not of the sea?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 4, where does the captain instruct the others to take the boat, and why?

2. Since they can see no one onshore in Part 7, what does the captain decide, and why?

3. What role do the seagulls play in Part 2?

4. What are the men quickly learning in Part 1?

5. What does the correspondent see when he wakes at the beginning of Part 7?

6. What does the correspondent do when the oiler takes his place at the oars in Part 6?

7. What is unknown or unclear about the men's situation?

8. What is the oiler doing in Part 1?

9. How do the four men view the seagulls?

10. What do the oiler and correspondent take turns doing, and how?

(see the answer keys)

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