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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the cook aboard the Andrea Gail?
(a) Murph.
(b) Bobby.
(c) Alfred.
(d) Billy.

2. What is the theme of the book that is also the theme of Chapter 2?
(a) "Fishing as a Subculture".
(b) "Fishing is dangerous".
(c) "Never tempt fate."
(d) "Sailors are people, too".

3. How many miles does the Andrea Gail log over the course of four days?
(a) 545 miles.
(b) 460 miles.
(c) 605 miles.
(d) 122 miles.

4. Who is the captain of the Andrea Gail?
(a) Adam Randall.
(b) Alfred Pierre.
(c) Bobby Shatford.
(d) Billy Tyne.

5. The writing style of which popular author listed below, along with his respective work listed alongside his name can be compared to the writing style that is employed by Sebastian Junger in "The Perfect Storm"?
(a) Clive Cussler in his writing of "Dragon".
(b) Patrick O'Bryan in his writing of "The Reverse of the Medal".
(c) Ernest Hemingway in his writing of "The Old Man and the Sea".
(d) Truman Capote in his writing of "In Cold Blood".

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of boat is the Satori?

2. Whose version is used as a basis for the description of the tragedy that takes place aboard the Andrea Gail during "The Perfect Storm"?

3. What do the crew members of the Andrea Gail spend most of their time doing on the week that the boat travels up and the week that the boat travels back from a fishing trip?

4. What is the name of the fishing village where the dock from which the Andrea Gail sets sail is located?

5. Who does Sebastian Junger depend on for information to include in his narrative about the events surrounding the preparation and departure of the Andrea Gail from Gloucester?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the possible reasons that Chapter 1 is italicized in its entirety?

2. Why does Junger raise questions about Captain Billy Tyne's competence?

3. Aside from wanting to report the destruction and imminent sinking of his ship, what other reasons could the writer of the note found in a bottle along the coast of Massachusetts in 1895 have had for writing the note and placing it in a bottle?

4. There is a section in Chapter 4 of the book that Junger devotes to describing how Andrea Gail Captain, Billy Tyne, is having a bad fishing trip. What are some of the factors contributing to Tyne's bad trip status?

5. What device does the skipper of The Satori use to navigate his way back home?

6. Are there any positive universal elements contained in the note found in the bottle floating along the coast of Massachusetts?

7. Are there any portions of the book that challenge author Sebastian Junger's vision-based pledge to limit his narrative solely to fact?

8. What is the purpose of Sebastian Junger asking questions such as, "How do men act in a sinking ship? Do they cry?"

9. What is the value and mechanical status of the Andrea Gail as recorded between the late 1980's and the early 1990's?

10. What is the general routine activities that crew members of the Andrea Gail engage in on the week that they travel up and the week that they travel back from their fishing trip?

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