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. How would Linnaeus' family have reacted if they knew that he had traveled to the estate?

2. In what room of the house does Christopher frequently hold scientific discussions?

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

4. Which of the following elements did NOT add to the ambiance of the evening the first time Jonathan and Ruby made love?

5. What is Antoina's last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What physical state is Linnaeus in?

2. How does Juliet die, and what is Christopher's reaction to the death?

3. When is the story "The English Pupil" set?

4. What were the ages of Jonathan and Ruby's children throughout the course of the story?

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

6. How did Antonia's life change in the 1970s?

7. What happens to Linnaeus on his way back home at the end of the story?

8. Who is Sebastian Dunitz and how does he affect Antonia and RIchard's marriage?

9. How did Jonathan and Ruby treat each other once they returned to the mainland?

10. What happened on the eighteenth night of the retreat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "Birds with no Feet" two scientists, Carrière and Wallace, are competing for historic fame and wealth. First, describe the work that these scientists do. Then, explain which scientist achieved higher success, and why you believe they were as a successful as they were. How did this competition affect the scientists as partners and as individuals? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Two characters in the story "Soroche" suffered from extreme life changes due to wealth - Zaga and Jemmy Button. First, describe how Zaga and Jemmy came to wealth in adulthood and how this sudden wealth directly affected their lives. Then, describe how these life changes might symbolically be represented within the titular theme, "Soroche". Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In the story "The Littoral Zone" Jonathan and Ruby meet under unique circumstances. How do the two scientists meet? What is their initial reaction to one another, and how does that reaction change over time? By the end of the story, what is the state of Jonathan and Ruby's relationship? Do you think they are happy with the outcome? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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