Sailing Alone Around the World Test | Final 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. The king was often referred to as the King of ______.

2. At which port did Slocum receive a warm welcome and special visit?

3. Slocum was asked to pay respects from the king to which publication?

4. The author states that the Pacific is more ______ than any other ocean.

5. What common item was the real cause of the rain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Slocum's opinion of the area?

2. What was Slocum's opinion of Samoa? How did Slocum attempt to repay kindnesses?

3. Examine Slocum's first interaction with the children of the island.

4. In chapter 12, the author talks about spending a lot of time in various ports. Discuss the stops and how they relate to Slocum's long stretches of time spent on the sea.

5. Slocum received a pleasant surprise after he landed in Apia. What was the surprise?

6. What was Slocum's final comment on the islands?

7. What was the most fascinating thing about the island in Slocum's eyes?

8. How does capitalism become involved in the story?

9. Discuss Slocum's stay on Thursday Island. Why was Slocum's presence so important?

10. How did the people of Mauritius celebrate the arrival of Slocum and the Spray?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Slocum had a difficult time deciding what to do with his life. Examine Slocum's quest. How did the author end up in Boston? What was Slocum doing at the time? Was Slocum working at a regular job? What did he do in Boston? Who did Slocum meet while he was in the city? What prompted him to look for a boat? Who sold the boat? What kind of omen(s) did Slocum relate to his new purchase? Explain.

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