The Boat Who Wouldn't Float 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 did Jack, Mowat, and their friends christen the Happy Adventure?

2. How far did Mowat get the first day of his journey back to Muddy Hole?

3. What did Mowat refer to as the most salient quality of Newfoundlanders?

4. What is screech?

5. What was the major crop on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much money did Mowat have to spend on a boat? What did he finally find in his price range, and where did he and Harold go to purchase the boat?

2. How did McClelland finally arrive at Muddy Hole? What happened when he arrived that surprised him?

3. After Mowat and McClelland's boat was repaired, what did Enos do? Why did everyone think this unusual?

4. Why did the crew working on the boat agree to McClelland's plan to streamline purchasing? What did McClelland learn about St. John's?

5. Who was Mike Donovan? Why did Mowat contact him?

6. Whom did Mowat and McClelland select to be the captain of their boat? Why did they chose this individual?

7. How did Mowat know Jack McClelland? What did the two men decide to do after meeting at a bar one night?

8. Why was Muddy Hole a huge adjustment for McClelland?

9. What did Mowat realize when he arrived in Muddy Hole to take over his boat? Why was Mowat upset and worried?

10. What else besides the necessary tools and supplies did McClelland bring back from the Southern Shore? How did he plan to use this purchase? What actually happened?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who was Mike Donovan, and when did he appear in the story? How did Mowat describe him? What was his job at home, and how did Donovan explain his trip to Newfoundland to his bosses? What kind of personality is Donovan?

Essay Topic 2

The only disdain and criticism Mowat displayed in his story was that for the wealthy yacht owners and motor boat drivers. There was a stark difference between the Mowat disdainful of the rich and Mowat enthralled by the natives. Discuss Mowat's opinions about the yacht and speed boat owners, why he felt the way he did, and what stories he told about dealing with them.

Essay Topic 3

What was the Passion Flower? Describe the Passion Flower in detail. Who did it belong to? Why was it important? What did it look like? What special meaning did it have to Mowat?

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