Ship Fever Test | 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. Who is in charge of Sarah Anne's parents' estate when they are not there?

2. What fabric was used to make the suits Linnaeus remembers his students always wearing?

3. Where did Tati stab Antonia's attacker?

4. Which of his children does Linnaeus love the most?

5. Which school subject did both Christopher and Sarah Anne excel at?

Short Essay Questions

1. What clues does the text give as to Richard's age?

2. When was Antonia born, and how did her birth fit into her family's immigration plan?

3. What was Tati's reaction to his supervisor's death?

4. How were Jonathan and Ruby reunited after arriving home?

5. How did Jonathan and Ruby's romantic relationship start?

6. Where is Linnaeus traveling to in the story "The English Pupil" and how does he get there?

7. How did Richard manage to obtain a handwritten letter from his idol, Mendel?

8. What do Christopher's philosopher friends think happens to swallows over the winter?

9. What type of relationship does Linnaeus have with his family - his wife and his children?

10. What does Christopher find attractive about Juliet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What initially drives Dr. Lauchlin Grant to the quarantine station on Grosse Isle? How does Lauchlin's character grow and change over the course of "Ship Fever"? How do his contacts with Nora Kynd and the other Irish emigrants alter his view of the world?

Essay Topic 2

A romantic triangle--Lauchlin, Susannah, Arthur Adam--plays a role in "Ship Fever" but it's in the background. If the fate of the Irish emigrants is in the foreground, what is the function of the small, quiet love story? What might it mean when Lauchlin, ill near the end of the tale, confuses Nora and Susannah?

Essay Topic 3

"The Littoral Zone" is a true scientific term used to describe a particular area of nature. First, give the scientific definition of the littoral zone and explain how this definition fits into the plot of the story. Then, describe the symbolic meaning behind the term. How does its symbolism relate back to the story's themes of immersion and exposure? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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