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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 older brothers did Crusoe have?

2. In Chapter 6, how high is the forecastle heaved up?

3. In Chapter 5, what day does Crusoe say that the ship broke in pieces and could no longer be seen?

4. In Chapter 7, how many days is Crusoe on a journey to explore the island?

5. During Crusoe's journey in Chapter 8, how far does Crusoe say that he does travel over?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Crusoe's thoughts at the beginning of Chapter 7?

2. In Chapter 11, what information does Crusoe provide about his cats?

3. In Chapter 8 when Crusoe goes to explore the island, what does he take with him?

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

5. In Chapter 4, what does Crusoe do when he first gets onto the ship, and what does he find that is useful?

6. How does Crusoe prepare his small boat for a journey in Chapter 10?

7. In Chapter 4, how does Crusoe get up into the ship.

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

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

10. In Chapter 3, what is the purpose of Crusoe's voyage to Guinea and what happens on the voyage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Crusoe sells Xury to the captain of the ship that rescues him. How would you describe the relationship between the two men, and what does their relationship reveal about the attitude toward non-whites in the seventeenth century?

Essay Topic 2

Crusoe struggles with internal and external conflicts throughout the novel. What type of conflicts does Crusoe experience when he is alone on the island, and how do those conflicts change when people join him? Are most of his conflicts external or internal?

Essay Topic 3

Although Crusoe could give up and just die after he arrives on the island, he works hard to survive. How would you describe Crusoe’s survival instinct, and what do his actions reveal about the human desire to live?

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