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 waves seem determined to do?

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

3. What do the men learn quickly?

4. What do the men use as a mast?

5. Who is exhaustion overtaking in Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would the men think if they could view their situation from a different vantage point?

2. What does the correspondent see when he resurfaces after jumping from the boat?

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

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

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

6. What is the captain doing in Part 1?

7. What taunts the four men, and why?

8. What is the oiler doing in Part 1?

9. When the captain interrupts the correspondent's reverie, what does he say, and how do the men react?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the different symbols (the sea, the lighthouse, the boat, etc.) used throughout the story to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

Essay Topic 2

How is perspective used in Crane's "The Open Boat"?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the four men. How are their relationships with nature similar and different?

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