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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. Ultimately, how many pounds of fish are caught by the captain and crew of the Andrea Gail?
(a) 50,000 pounds.
(b) 20,000 pounds.
(c) 40,000 pounds.
(d) 30,000 pounds.

2. What can be considered the main contributing factor to the Andrea Gail succumbing to "The Perfect Storm"?
(a) The inexpensive plywood that was used for its construction.
(b) The boxy construction of the Andrea Gail does not give much to the movement of the sea or during a storm.
(c) The sailcloth that was used to construct the sail of the Andrea Gail is too heavy.
(d) The inexperience of its captain and crew.

3. How is Junger able to assist readers to differentiate direct quotes emanating from the characters throughout his narrative in "The Perfect Storm"?
(a) He uses italicization only.
(b) He uses italicization and quotation marks.
(c) He does not use quotation marks.
(d) He uses quotation marks only.

4. What type of sense does Junger apply to his use of the term "Perfect Storm" ?
(a) Meteorological sense.
(b) Theoretical sense.
(c) Historical sense.
(d) Literal sense.

5. Which of the following sites are mentioned in Chapter Three as being two of the most dangerous places to fish?
(a) Gloucester Port and Boston Port.
(b) Grand Banks and Georges Bank.
(c) Boston Port and Fairhaven Port.
(d) Gloucester Port and Fairhaven Port.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who aboard the Andrea Gail is able to survive "The Perfect Storm"?

2. What is the primary reason that the English settle in Beauport around 1603?

3. What is the name of Andrea Gail crew member Bobby Shatford's sister?

4. What year is the note in a bottle found that is mentioned in Chapter One?

5. Why does Adam Randall decide not to join the crew of the Andrea Gail on the particular fishing trip described in "The Perfect Storm"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it likely that Sebastian Junger may have felt compelled to state that his use of the term, "Perfect Storm" was limited to a meteorological sense?

2. 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?

3. How are swordfish known to adversely affect man's well-being?

4. How much is considered a good day's catch?

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

6. Pursuant to a description in Chapter 4, if you were to have taken a tour around the Andrea Gail prior to its ill-fated trip, what would you have been likely to see?

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

8. What is the vision that author Sebastian Junger has for "The Perfect Storm"?

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

10. According to Junger, why is ice so important to pack for the trip aboard the Andrea Gail?

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