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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 temperature is it most days, while Sophie and her relatives are working on the boat?

2. When is the expedition planning to set sail?

3. In Sophie's story, why doesn't Bompie get along with the pastor?

4. What material does the boat-maker use in a technique to help his work stay smooth?

5. What does Sophie think of Brian's lecture on points of sail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cody's mom tell him when he talks to her on the phone?

2. What seems different to Cody about the way Brian bugs Sophie, as they near Bompie's?

3. What happens to the sails in the heavy wind?

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

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

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

7. What do Stew and Mo argue about?

8. What dreams does Cody have about Sophie, after the storms are over?

9. When everyone is up on deck in the midst of the storm, and Sophie sees them from the helm, what does she see?

10. What are Sophie and Uncle Dock's attitudes toward the autohelm?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Wanderer deals with dangerous situations, and the characters all face death. Discuss the life-and-death struggles in the novel.

1) How do the characters change when they're faced with life-and-death situations? How does Cody change? How does Sophie change? How do the uncles change?

2) How do the characters respond differently to danger toward themselves and toward others?

3) What do life-and-death encounters reveal about the characters' relationships? How do characters' relationships change during the life-and-death struggle of the storm?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Cody and Brian as characters, and Mo and Stew as similar characters from the previous generation.

1) How are Cody and Mo similar? How are Brian and Stew similar? Is each generation a continuation of the past?

2) Why are Cody and Brian often at odds, just like Mo and Stew? What does this show about the family dynamic?

3) Why does the author choose family members with clear differences to include in the story?

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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