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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. On Crusoe's second voyage in Chapter 2, how many guns does Crusoe's ship have?

2. In Chapter 7, what plant does Crusoe see growing on the higher grounds?

3. In Chapter 11, what time of day does Crusoe sees a human footprint?

4. What does Crusoe kill to protect the black people on the shore in Chapter 3?

5. In Chapter 10, when Crusoe climbs a hill to see how far the rock ledge extends, where does a current run?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Crusoe learn to make pots that will hold liquid in Chapter 9?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 11, how does Crusoe describe sitting down to dinner?

3. In Chapter 9, how does Crusoe describe his effort to make earthen vessels?

4. In Chapter 9, what process does Crusoe have to go through to make a sieve?

5. In Chapter 9 when Crusoe explores the island, what does he find?

6. What happens after Crusoe kills a large leopard in Chapter 3?

7. In Chapter 10, what does Crusoe say that he does for five years?

8. What does Crusoe notice at the beginning of Chapter 4 when he wakes?

9. In Chapter 1, how does Crusoe describe his family?

10. In Chapter 4, what challenges does Crusoe face as he takes things from the ship to the shore?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 16, Crusoe thinks that he will just observe as Friday attacks the cannibals. What role does reasoning and indignation play in getting Crusoe involved in the attack?

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, some characters are more thoroughly described than others. Who are some characters that are merely named in passing or have a minor role in the novel? What is the importance of these flat characters to the story line? In what way do these characters make Crusoe a more colorful or interesting character? When there is conflict, what type of role do these flat characters play?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, the native peoples are described as savages and cannibals. What do using those terms to describe the native peoples indicate about what Crusoe and what Europeans in the 17th century thought about non-Europeans?

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