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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 in charge of sailing the Satori?
(a) Bob Brown.
(b) Howard Blackburn.
(c) Ray Leonard.
(d) Charlie Reed.

2. What serves as Sebastian Junger's source for conversations that take place among characters in "The Perfect Storm"?
(a) His mind. He makes up conversations among the crew of the Andrea Gail.
(b) Audio tapes recorded by the crew of the Andrea Gail.
(c) United States Coast Guard incident reports.
(d) Ship's log aboard the Andrea Gail.

3. What is the primary reason that the English settle in Beauport around 1603?
(a) Because of the busy port.
(b) Because every family was being granted ten acres of land.
(c) Because of the abundance of cod.
(d) Because it was free from British rule.

4. What is the name of the vessel upon which it is established that the note in the bottle was written?
(a) The Falcon.
(b) The Atlantic Seafarer.
(c) The Wyeth.
(d) The Dolan.

5. What group, if any, provides Sebastian Junger with the basis upon which he creates the tragedy that strikes the Andrea Gail?
(a) No group. Sebastian Junger creates the events surrounding the tragedy that struck aboard the Andrea Gail.
(b) The United States Coast Guard which grants Junger access to a collection of incident reports detailing ship disasters in the same area where disaster hits the Andrea Gail.
(c) Local fishermen who have survived similar storms.
(d) Support group comprised of family members who lost loved ones aboard the Andrea Gail.

Short Answer Questions

1. After a month at sea, where does the Mary T make port?

2. What is the theme of the book that is also the theme of Chapter 2?

3. How is Junger able to assist readers to differentiate direct quotes emanating from the characters throughout his narrative in "The Perfect Storm"?

4. According to Junger, what type of shark can bite a man's leg off even after you cut off its head?

5. What type of basis does Sebastian Junger strive toward maintaining throughout his writing of "The Perfect Storm"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the ways that Junger explains that taverns in Gloucester double as "orphanages" for local fishermen?

3. What information is Sebastian Junger relying upon when he states that, " The Falcon was careening wildly around the time that the note in a bottle was written"?

4. Aside from conveying the ongoing destruction and imminent sinking of a ship via its written message stating, "...our rudder is gone, our cable is gone, God have mercy on us", what universal message and element does the note that is found floating in a bottle along the Massachusetts coast around 1895 carry into the 20th Century that is incorporated into the story of "The Perfect Storm"?

5. In Chapter 3, Junger offers an extended biographic sketch of Andrea Gail Captain, Billy Tyne. What can you write about Tyne's early life based on Junger's writing?

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

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

8. 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?

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. 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?

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