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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 emotion does Ford feel when he thinks about his friend, Hollins?
2. What type of sandwich does Ford regularly order from the marina?
3. How old was Hollins when he died?
4. Besides English, what language does Ford speak?
5. What language does the old man outside the Presidential Palace speak?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the old man outside the Presidential Palace treat Ford when he sees him emerge?
2. Why does General Suarez burst into Ford's hotel room in Masagua?
3. How does President Don Jorge Balserio die?
4. What is Ford's reaction to Hollins's funeral?
5. What request does Rafe Hollins make to Ford when he calls him for the first time in years?
6. What happens to Tomlinson when he is separated from Ford in Masagua?
7. What type of relationship does Ford have with Jethro Nicholes?
8. How does Ford know the status of Jessica's relationship with Benny?
9. What type of documentation does Ford bring with him to Costa Rica?
10. What package is waiting for Ford at the American Embassy the day after he leaves the Presidential Palace?
Essay Topic 1
Hollins's rocky relationship and divorce from his ex-wife proved to be a turning point in his life. First, describe the relationship Hollins had with his ex-wife and what events led to their divorce. Then, explain how the series of events directly stemming from the divorce led to the ultimate kidnapping of their son.
Essay Topic 2
The town of Sanibel, Florida is often overrun with tourists. First, describe the town of Sanibel and explain why tourists want to come. Then, describe Ford's relationship with the tourists. How does he treat them? Give examples of at least two specific scenes in the novel that you believe exemplify Ford's relationship with the tourists.
Essay Topic 3
As a biologist, Ford has an interesting relation with fish. First, explain how Ford treats wildlife when he is out on his boat fishing. What does Ford's relationship with the wild tell the reader about his character? Then, compare Ford's treatment of wild fish to his relationship with domestic fish. What is the same about these relationships? What is different? Is there anything surprising in this comparison?
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