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. Where did Joey find the boat he fixed up?

2. What does Sophie's father say about her trip?

3. When is the expedition planning to set sail?

4. Which of the following is not one of the sides of Sophie?

5. What question does Brian ask Cody?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sophie's mother do?

2. What chore will Sophie have to take a turn at that she's not looking forward to?

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

4. Describe Uncle Stew.

5. Describe the baptism Sophie attends.

6. What does Sophie initially plan to do the last day of school?

7. What does Frank's wife call Sophie?

8. How does Brian act when he walks on the beach with Cody and Sophie?

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

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

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 Sophie's primary personality traits is curiosity. Discuss Sophie's curiosity.

1) Why is Sophie curious about every new thing she encounters? Why does she ask so many questions?

2) Why does Sophie imagine living the lifestyles of new people she meets? What does imagining different lives do for Sophie?

3) How is Sophie's curiosity and enthusiasm contrasted with Brian's negativity and practicality? Is Sophie a dreamer because of her curiosity and enthusiasm?

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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