Riptide Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Alfred Hatch Sr. tell his boys, Malin and Johnny, that they are forbidden to go to Ragged Island?

Hatch Sr. forbids Mailn and Johnny from going to Ragged Island because of its mysteriousness and legends. The island and the Water Pit was the subject of many legends, including that of a pirate's treasure. Because of the legend of treasure, many hunters had gone in search of and were injured, died, or never returned. Thus, Alfred Hatch Sr. forbids his boys to go there because of the danger.

2. What is the legend of the pirate Red Ned Ockham?

The legend is that the pirate Red Ned Ockham buried his treasure on Ragged Island. The treasure was supposed to be gold and include a jeweled sword, called St. Michael's Sword.

3. What happens when Malin and Johnny Hatch take a boat over to Ragged Island?

Malin and Johnny use a boat and go to Ragged Island. Once on the island, they enter a cave. As they proceed deeper into the cave, they reach a door with a seal and believe they have found the treasure. Johnny opens the door and Malin drops the match. When Malin lights another match, surrounded by a pool of blood and Johnny is gone.

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