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

2. What do the men realize when the water changes from gray to emerald green?

3. How long do the oiler and correspondent take turns rowing in Part 2?

4. Who is rowing when the lighthouse comes into view?

5. What do the men use as a sail?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the four men see at the beginning of Part 4, and what do they think is odd?

5. How do the four men view the seagulls?

6. What are the four men doing in Part 5?

7. What story does the correspondent recall reading?

8. Why do the men's hopes not sink at the beginning of Part 4?

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

10. What thoughts do the four men refrain from sharing at the beginning of Part 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How can Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" be read as an antithesis to Darwinism?

Essay Topic 3

How is foreshadowing used in "The Open Boat"? Choose one major instance of foreshadowing and follow it through the book, finishing with how the event is fulfilled.

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