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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 type of car does Frank drive?
2. What does Uncle Dock call the wind?
3. Aside from Sophie, how many people are going on the sailing trip across the ocean?
4. What does the tall, lanky woman say is on Wood Island?
5. What does Sophie think of Brian's lecture on points of sail?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Uncle Dock call and tell Sophie about their planned departure?
2. What does Sophie think of the boat when she first sees it?
3. What does Sophie do after she and her relatives get The Wanderer into the water?
4. How long have Sophie's uncles wanted to sail across the ocean?
5. Describe the nightmare the narrator has.
6. How do the dolphins act when they come up to the boat?
7. What does Sophie initially plan to do the last day of school?
8. What does Sophie's mother do?
9. What does Frank's wife call Sophie?
10. What does Uncle Dock do, when the fog comes in, and how does it affect Sophie?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Storytelling has an important role in the novel, through both Bompie and Sophie's storytelling. Discuss storytelling in the novel.
1) Why does Sophie tell Bompie's stories during the journey? What does Sophie add to these stories? Why does she choose certain stories to tell?
2) Why does Bompie share his stories with Sophie in his letters?
3) What is the significance of the "little kid" stories that Sophie tells?
Essay Topic 2
The characters argue with each other throughout the novel. Discuss the significance of arguments in the novel.
1) Why do some characters argue more than others? What causes Mo and Stew to argue? What causes Brian and Cody to argue?
2) What causes conflict and argument between Mo and Cody? What does this say about their relationship as father and son?
3) How are arguments different before the major storm, during the storm, and after the storm?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the importance of family in the novel.
1) How does Sophie's status as an orphan affect her sense of family? Is she, in some ways, not part of the family? How do her parents and Bompie make her part of their family?
2) How does family help build identity? How does family help the characters have a sense of themselves and their place in the world?
3) How does Sophie lose her birth family even more because of her repressed memories? How does the loss of these memories, in addition to the death of her parents and grandfather, affect her?
4) What is Cody's relationship with his father like? What does their relationship reveal about family?
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