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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. What was the name of the first boat co-owned by Slocum?

2. What is the name of the valley visible from the Slocum house?

3. Slocum referred to which famous Pilgrim?

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

5. What was the official occupation of John Slocum?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Spray's next port was on the island of Rodriguez. Explain the expectation of Slocum's arrival.

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

3. What story does Slocum tell about introducing the islanders to donuts?

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

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

6. What was the common procedure when a ship arrived on Mauritius?

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

8. Where did the Spray land in South Africa? Who did Slocum meet there?

9. How long was the actual trip around the world? What were Slocum's final thoughts after completing the trip?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joshua Slocum was born in Nova Scotia. Examine Slocum's early life and the lives of his ancestors. What was appealing about the Bay of Fundy? What made the family choose that particular locale in Nova Scotia? What about the geography appealed to Slocum? Share some of the activities in which Slocum took part that involved the ocean and/or the Bay of Fundy. Include any other pertinent and related details to Slocum's life in Nova Scotia.

Essay Topic 2

At one point in the story Slocum says that the sea is in his blood. What does Slocum mean when he says that the sea is in his blood? What did Slocum's father and grandfather do for a living? Do you believe a profession can be in some way inherited? How old was Slocum when he realized that he was destined to devote himself to the sea? What was the opinion of Slocum's father? Was the family supportive of Slocum's choices? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Pirates appear in various parts of the story. Discuss in detail at least two instances in which Slocum was confronted by pirates while on his voyage. Also discuss other references made in the book that relate to pirates or similar groups.

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