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

2. Where are the four men headed?
(a) Europe.
(b) It is not explained.
(c) North America.
(d) The Bahamas.

3. Why is the correspondent unable to see the lighthouse?
(a) His eyes are too tired to see so far in the distance.
(b) He is sleeping.
(c) There is no lighthouse.
(d) He is too busy rowing to turn around and see it.

4. Who bails water from the boat?
(a) The cook.
(b) The captain.
(c) The correspondent.
(d) The oiler.

5. Which man's life is not of the sea?
(a) The cook.
(b) The captain.
(c) The correspondent.
(d) The oiler.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the men entertain the thought of towards the end of Part 1?

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

3. Near the end of Part 3, how long do the men guess it will now take them to reach shore?

4. Where is the lighthouse?

5. What do the men use as a mast?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the correspondent think about his time in the boat?

3. What is the only thing that the correspondent can do in Part 5 while the shark is present?

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

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

6. What do the men see as they row for their lives in Part 1?

7. What is the oiler doing in Part 1?

8. What are the four men about to do at the beginning of Part 5?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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