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. Who is trying to figure out what he is doing on the boat?

2. What do the men construct in Part 3 that yields immediate results?

3. Why is it obvious that none of the other life boats have made it back to shore?

4. Who takes two oars first?

5. What does the oiler say near the end of Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the scene at the beginning of Part 1.

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

5. What thoughts do the four men keep to themselves?

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

7. What is the cook doing in Part 1?

8. What does the shark do?

9. How does the captain try to calm the other three men?

10. Why is it important for the oiler and correspondent to retain their strength at the end of Part 6?

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

Which character do you view as the protagonist, and why?

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