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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 much would it have cost Slocum to join the union to work at the shipyard?

2. Which was not one of Slocum's boats?

3. In what year did Slocum leave for his trip around the world?

4. Slocum details his experiences with a civilized little _____.

5. Just outside of Port Angosto, Slocum was greeted by which of the following:

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain at least one meeting with members of the British Navy.

2. Discuss Slocum's trip to Juan Fernandez.

3. Who is Ebenezer Pierce? How did the man affect Slocum's future?

4. Slocum talks about an omen that confirmed his ambitions for the Spray. What was the omen?

5. Discuss the Slocum's ongoing relationship with the British.

6. Examine Slocum's next encounter with savages.

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

8. Discuss some of the issues encountered by Slocum after leaving Buenos Aires.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Slocum made quite an impression on the islanders when he arrived in the Spray. Discuss the islanders and how they reacted toward Slocum. What was the biggest surprise on behalf of the islanders? What was the general opinion of the islanders? Choose three ports in which Slocum was greeted by islanders. Explain each group's culture, location, reaction to Slocum and his journey. Also discuss Slocum's length of stay with each and activities while he was on the island.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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