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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With whom did Elsie's father once have an affair?
(a) Maggie Bigelow.
(b) Maggie Beerman.
(c) Aggie Bigelow.
(d) Aggie Booker.

2. How does Dick hurt May's feelings?
(a) He does not like her new haircut.
(b) He tells her that the dinner was overcooked.
(c) He insults her new dress.
(d) He makes a comment about her weight.

3. What do the fishermen drink at the end of this harrowing day?
(a) Bourbon.
(b) Coffee.
(c) Wine.
(d) Beer.

4. Where did Dick and his friend, Larry Parker, once take a fifty-five foot boat?
(a) The Mediterranean.
(b) The Red Sea.
(c) The Pacific Ocean.
(d) The Caribbean.

5. What does Elsie do in the crow's nest?
(a) Gets a suntan.
(b) Films the water.
(c) Keeps lookout for other ships.
(d) Keeps lookout for swordfish.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is particularly notable about the whelps?

2. What do the dope sniffing dogs smell on shore?

3. What does Dick have to reprimand Charlie about?

4. Where does Dick hide his skiff when it is spotted?

5. Where does Dick spend most of his afternoons now?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast Dick and Elsie's positions regarding legal activities.

2. How does Dick's attraction to Elsie begin?

3. How does Dick feel about the fantasies that Elsie finds erotic?

4. How does the author show the vulnerable side of Elsie's normally strong personality?

5. What advice does May give Dick before leaving on the swordfish trip which will be filmed for Schuyler's documentary?

6. How does Elsie indicate that she is more interested in Dick and a relationship than he is regarding his not contacting her when he is out to sea longer than expected?

7. How does the author show that May is probably aware of Dick's affair with Elsie?

8. How does the author use irony in the scenario on the dock with the cops and the drug-sniffing dog?

9. What are the two viable options for funding for Dick's boat at this point?

10. What is Dick's internal struggle regarding needing people and not wanting to appear that he does?

(see the answer keys)

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