The Open Boat Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the men feel about the results gained from constructing the sail?

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

3. How did the injured character sustain his injuries?

4. What does the captain remind the other men?

5. What does the captain do in Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the correspondent think about nature in Part 7?

5. What do the correspondent and cook argue about at the end of Part 1, and how is their dispute ended?

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

7. When the boat is deluged again, what does the captain tell the others to do, and why?

8. What is the correspondent doing in Part 1?

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

10. Why do the four men construct a sail, and how?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the ambiguous background information about the four men and their journey add to the plot? How does it hinder the plot?

Essay Topic 2

How would the story be different if the oiler had lived?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the story that the correspondent recalls about the Legionnaire who died in Algiers? How does this contribute to the book as a whole?

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