Sanibel Flats Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Randy Wayne White
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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. Where does Jessica's ex-boyfriend live in when he's not visiting her?

2. What type of wine does Jessica serve Ford on the first night they make love?

3. What country is Ford from?

4. What type of music does Jessica enjoy listening to?

5. What type of sandwich does Ford regularly order from the marina?

Short Essay Questions

1. What deal does Ford make with the old man outside the Presidential Palace?

2. What happens when a mortar explodes near the dock where Zacul has docked his boat?

3. What is the Kin Qux Cho?

4. What was Rafe Hollins's final year of marriage like before his divorce?

5. How was Ford saved during the fight at Zacul's camp?

6. What do Ford and Tomlinson discuss when they are in the prisoner truck headed to the camp?

7. What does Ford do with Hollins's belongings after his death?

8. Why does General Suarez burst into Ford's hotel room in Masagua?

9. At the end of the novel, who is politically in charge of Masagua?

10. How does President Don Jorge Balserio die?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Jake Hollins is kidnapped his parents react very differently to the terrible news. First, describe Rafe Hollins's reaction to the news that his son is missing. Then, compare that to Helen Hollins' reaction. How do both of the parents treat Ford during his investigation into their son's disappearance? Based on these reactions, do you think Jake Hollins has any hope of living in a happy family upon his return?

Essay Topic 2

Jessica McClure proves to be an important emotional catalyst for Ford in the novel. First, describe the relationship Jessica and Ford have at the opening of the novel. Then, compare the relationship Jessica has with Ford to the relationship Jessica has with Benny. How does this love-triangle lead to one of the biggest betrayals Ford has ever experienced?

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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