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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 does Brian accuse Sophie of lying about?

2. What warps Sophie's sense of time?

3. Where did Joey find the boat he fixed up?

4. What does Uncle Stew say when Brian asks what happened to Sophie's real parents?

5. What does Cody discover his father doing below deck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What habit of speech does Cody have that annoys most of the people on the boat?

2. Why does Uncle Mo worry while Cody and Sophie are away visiting Wood Island?

3. Describe Uncle Mo.

4. How long have Sophie's uncles wanted to sail across the ocean?

5. What does Uncle Dock do, when the fog comes in, and how does it affect Sophie?

6. How do the three brothers react when Brian asks if Stew has heard Sophie's baptism story before?

7. What does Sophie think of the boat when she first sees it?

8. Why does everyone react strangely when Sophie explains what she plans to teach?

9. What does the tall, lanky woman that Cody and Sophie meet show them?

10. In Cody's journal, how does he describe his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sophie is a young adolescent as the novel begins, and the journey she takes is part of the process of growing up. Discuss growing up in the novel.

1) How does Sophie grow as a result of her journey? What steps does she take toward becoming an adult?

2) How does Cody grow up as a result of the journey on The Wanderer? How does he change?

3) What have Sophie's uncles lost and gained in the process of growing up? What does Sophie learn about growing up from talking to them?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is told from two different point of view, Sophie's and Cody's. Discuss point of view in the novel.

1) How is Sophie's point of view different from Cody's? What does having two points of view add to the story?

2) How would the novel be different if it were told from a neutral point of view, instead of through the characters' journals?

3) Why is the same scene often presented twice, by the two different narrators?

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