The Wanderer 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. What material does the boat-maker Cody, Brian, and Sophie visit mainly work with?

2. What does Uncle Dock plan to teach the others on the journey?

3. Who gave Sophie her journal?

4. What advice does Sophie give Cody when he feels stuck on Grand Manan?

5. What does Cody think Sophie is afraid of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frank say happened to the bait in the empty pot?

2. What does Uncle Dock call and tell Sophie about their planned departure?

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

4. Describe Uncle Mo.

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

6. What does Frank's wife call Sophie?

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

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

9. What story does Sophie tell Cody about a little kid she knows?

10. Describe the nightmare the narrator has.

Essay Topics

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

One of the primary themes of the novel is identity. Discus identity in the novel.

1) What elements help Sophie to find her identity and sense of self? Why does Sophie find it difficult to find her identity and where she fits into the world?

2) How do family, experience, memory, careers, and heritage affect identity in the novel?

3) How is storytelling a part of building identity for Sophie? What other ways do characters build or understand their identities?

Essay Topic 3

The sea and The Wanderer are the main settings of this novel. Discuss setting and its importance in the novel.

1) Why is the sea the main setting of the novel? In what ways is the sea personified in the novel? What does Sophie expect from it? How does she respond to it?

2) How does The Wanderer function as a setting of the novel? What does the boat contribute to the novel? Why does the author set the novel on this boat?

3) How does setting affect the beginning and end of the journey, when the characters are in Kentucky, Grand Manan, Ireland, England, and elsewhere? How are these settings different from the sea and The Wanderer?

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