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

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

3. What do the waves seem determined to do?
(a) Drown the dingy.
(b) Escort the men to safety on land.
(c) The waves do not seem determined.
(d) Sweep the captain out of the boat and into the sea.

4. Who is injured?
(a) The correspondent.
(b) The cook.
(c) The oiler.
(d) The captain.

5. What is temporarily buoyed by the sight of the lighthouse?
(a) Nothing.
(b) The wind.
(c) The boat.
(d) The men's spirits.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose nature is naturally more cynical than the others'?

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

3. What do the men do to gain assistance from the wind in Part 3?

4. What do the men use as a sail?

5. Where are these four men returning from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Near the end of Part 5, what does the correspondent want, and why?

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

3. How does the correspondent feel about the recalled story now?

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

5. How do the four men view the seagulls?

6. Describe the actions of the man onshore while the four men are swimming toward shore.

7. What do the four men see near the end of Part 4?

8. Who is the captain of the boat, and what is his crew comprised of?

9. Throughout their adventure, how does the relationship between the four men change, and why?

10. What does the correspondent see in the middle of Part 6, and what does he do as a result?

(see the answer keys)

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