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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. By this time, Slocum was celebrating which major holiday?

2. In what year was Slocum born?

3. On what date did Slocum leave Port Tamar?

4. The crew gave Slocum a gift of milk and ______.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What gifts did Slocum receive as he left the island?

2. Who greeted Slocum at Snug Bay? What happened?

3. Slocum details a lot of violent gales in and around the Cape. Discuss the storms and Slocum's thoughts.

4. Aside from the King, Slocum met other people from royal families. Discuss the meeting with Mr. A. Young.

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

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

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

9. Give at least one example of Slocum's references to historical figures and how they related to the area in and around St. Helena.

10. What about the region was of historical interest to Slocum?

Essay Topics

Examine in detail the types of ships mentioned in the story. Include the oyster boat, gaff, tug boat and others. Which is the most practical? Which is best suited to Slocum? Explain who would be likely to operate each boat. Also examine the purpose of each.

Slocum seemed destined to find the Spray. Explore the scenario surrounding the purchase of the oyster boat. Where did Slocum find it? Who was its owner? What was the general opinion of the townspeople when it was learned that Slocum had purchased the old boat? How much did it cost? Was it a good deal? Did Slocum see something in the boat that others could not? What possessed Slocum to commit to such an undertaking? What did Slocum need to do in order to repair the boat and ensure that it was seaworthy? Did Slocum have the necessary skills to do the work? What was the next step?

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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