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. Where do the four men hope to find refuge?

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

3. What idea seems optimistic at best?

4. What do the intruders finally do?

5. Who tries to calm the other men?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the cook doing in Part 1?

2. What is the oiler doing in Part 1?

3. How does the correspondent show great character in Part 5?

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

5. What does the correspondent think would happen in different circumstances as he sees the shark?

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

7. After the oiler takes the correspondent's place at the oars in Part 6, what does the captain tell the cook to do, and why?

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

9. Why does the chance of survival seem optimistic at best?

10. Why is the correspondent unable to see the lighthouse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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