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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 do Kit and Port see when overlooking the giant precipice in Boussif?

2. Which of the following adjectives is NOT one Port uses to describe the streets of Oran?

3. How many glasses of champagne does Kit drink after returning from the fourth-class cabin?

4. In the opening scene of the novel, how does Port feel when he awakens from a dream?

5. What does Mrs. Lyle do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Port's enjoyment of Mrs. Lyle's bickering finally begin to fade?

2. What is Port's first impression of Eric Lyle?

3. How does Port feel when he wakes up from his nap in the opening scene of the novel?

4. How does Kit feel once she has been separated from Tunner in Ain Krofra?

5. How does Tunner attempt to comfort Kit when she is nervous on their train ride to Boussif?

6. How do Port and Tunner know each other?

7. What is the travelers' first impressions of the town of Ain Krofra?

8. What reason does Lieutenant D'Armagnac give about why a native probably did not steal his wallet?

9. How does Kit react the morning after she wakes up next to Tunner?

10. How does Kit respond when Port does not come home the morning after their big fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Port Moresby and George Tunner have two diametrically opposed views of travel. First, describe Port Moresby's personal view of travel and compare/contrast that to George Tunner's personal view of travel. Then, explain how these opposing views of travel lend themselves to an interesting partnership between the two travelers, citing examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Lieutenant D'Armagnac is a man with a very shadowed past. First, describe why the Lieutenant fell from grace in his command. Do you agree with the public's opinion of the Lieutenant? Why or why not? Then, explain how the Lieutenant's shadowed past affects the way he treats the tourists when they are in a time of need.

Essay Topic 3

At the opening of the novel, Kit claims to not trust Tunner. What is it about Tunner's character that Kit finds so unsettling? Then, describing at least two scenes from the novel, explain how Kit's attitude toward Tunner changed as the novel progressed. How does Kit feel about Tunner at the end of the novel? How can you tell?

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