Spartina Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Casey (novelist)
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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 is attached to the harpooned fish that allows the fishermen to follow it in the water?

2. What is the profession of the main character?

3. What type of event do Dick and his sons manage for Joxer?

4. How does Charlie think about May in his mind?

5. Why is Dick angry with Parker the next morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dick know that Elsie had been in the patrol boat the night before when he and Parker were trying to complete the drug deal?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. How does Joxer's bad luck change the immediate future for more than himself?

8. What do Miss Perry's walking sticks represent to Dick?

9. What is Dick's employment pattern and how does he plan to make money to finish his boat?

10. Who is Miss Perry and what is her relationship to Dick and his family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Casey use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of May. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

Striving takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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