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Bernard Moitessier
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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 did Moitessier feel about the thing he thought back to on Christmas?

2. What repair could Moitessier make quickly after the collision with the freighter?

3. What did Moitessier decide to do after passing Tasmania?

4. What did Moitessier see after passing Tasmania?

5. What did Moitessier fantasize about after passing Tasmania?

Short Essay Questions

1. What wildlife did Moitessier see on his trip?

2. Describe Moitessier's interaction with people off the coast of Tasmania.

3. How did Moitessier celebrate Christmas 1968?

4. What was Moitessier fantasizing about as Christmas approached?

5. What was Moitessier's purpose for sailing close to the coast of South Africa?

6. What event does his interaction with the freighter make Moitessier think back to?

7. Describe Moitessier's voyage after rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

8. What did Moitessier see when he arrived in Trinidad?

9. What was Moitessier's reason for stopping in Trinidad?

10. What were conditions when Moitessier rounded the Cape of Good Hope?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moitessier was at all times sailing on an element that could swallow him up without leaving a trace. How did Moitessier balance his actions against the eternally present possibility of death? What risks did he take, and did he court catastrophes? What role does his writing play in striking this balance?

Essay Topic 2

What was the cultural atmosphere of England in 1968, and what were the cultural reasons that would lead Moitessier or any other person to want to be alone on a boat, braving the elements, in order to get away from that civilization? Describe the historical context for Moitessier's entry into the race.

Essay Topic 3

One of Moitessier's first important decisions was to decline to take a heavy transmitter but to convey messages in other ways. How important was communication to Moitessier, and how did its importance change over time? Were there occasions when he regretted leaving the transmitter and wished he had news, or was he comfortable being out of range for months at a time?

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