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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. Slocum recalls receiving a warm welcome when he arrived at which location?

2. What type of tree was prevalent around the Slocum house?

3. What word does Slocum use to describe Fuego?

4. On the first leg of the trip, Slocum sailed from Boston to which of the following locations?

5. Just around this time Slocum has his first real encounter with which of the following:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Joshua Slocum's relationship with his father? How is John Slocum described?

2. Describe some of Slocum's earlier voyages. Which boat was used for this new pastime?

3. Although the townspeople were amused by Slocum's ambitions, the author saw a different side of the boat. What plans did Slocum have for the Spray?

4. After leaving Port Tamar, Slocum encountered more issues with the weather. Explain the issues and Slocum's decision on how to move forward.

5. Name at least one of the options being considered by Slocum while he was in Boston.

6. Many people were concerned about Slocum's inexperience on the open sea. Explain the point of view of the people and Slocum's attitude.

7. How does Joshua Slocum describe the people of Nova Scotia?

8. Discuss the events encountered by Slocum immediately after departing from Brazil.

9. Examine Slocum's next encounter with savages.

10. How did Slocum's fortune change as the Spray approached Cape Horn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Slocum was incredibly ambitious. It was especially apparent when he announced that he would sail around the world. Explain the process by which Slocum would achieve his goal. What kind of permission did Slocum have to have in order to traverse international waters? What type of relationship did Slocum have with various dignitaries, heads of state, royalty, and other leaders? How was Slocum's plan received by the government? Also explain the necessary steps Slocum had to take and what documentation was required.

Essay Topic 2

Write a short story about traveling alone around the world. You may choose any time person or manner of transportation. Include as many details as possible including the reason for the journey, the process, the voyage, and the outcome.

Essay Topic 3

The point of view used in "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum is third person omniscient. Examine the author's choice. What are the benefits of writing in third person omniscient? What are the disadvantages? How would the story change if it had been written entirely in first person? Explain. Choose a passage from the book and rewrite it in the first person. Note observations on the way the text changed.

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