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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. How many men are aboard the boat upon which the note in a bottle is penned?

2. What does the captain of the Andrea Gail rely on to position his boat and crew away from dangerous storms at sea?

3. What is Andrea Gail crew member "Sully" Sullivan's real given name?

4. Where are the two passengers aboard the Satori headed?

5. According to Junger, what year were spotter planes first used to locate fish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Based on Junger's characterization of Andrea Gail and Hannah Bolen owner, Bob Brown, what can you write about his history in relation to other boats that he has owned in the past and any accidents within that time frame involving members of his crews?

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

5. According to Sebastian Junger, how does fisherman Howard Blackburn survive three days at sea?

6. What can you write about the life of Bobby Shatford based on Sebastian Junger's writing in Chapter 2?

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

8. 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"?

9. 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"?

10. Are there any similarities or differences between the type of writing penned by famed Watergate co-authors, Carl Bernstein and Robert Woodward in "All the President's Men" and the writing of Sebastian Junger in "The Perfect Storm"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Perfect Storm" is interspersed with different types of factual information. Of all the factual and scientific information offered by Sebastian Junger, which particular type of information do you find most useful? Explain why.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, female boat captain Linda Greenlaw proves herself to be a very capable boat captain. How is Miss Greenlaw able to accomplish that?

Essay Topic 3

Sebastian Junger is lauded with writing beautiful descriptions of the sea. How does he present his thoughts on the sea in "The Perfect Storm"? Explain your position.

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