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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. Who gave Sophie her journal?
2. Where does Sophie live while working on the boat?
3. Who keeps yelling at Sophie to put away her journal?
4. What is the hardest part of killing and cleaning a bluefish for Sophie?
5. What is Cody always doing while he works?
Short Essay Questions
1. How long have Sophie's uncles wanted to sail across the ocean?
2. What does Sophie's mother do?
3. How do the dolphins act when they come up to the boat?
4. What does Sophie think of the boat when she first sees it?
5. Describe Uncle Stew.
6. What does the tall, lanky woman that Cody and Sophie meet show them?
7. What does Sophie do after she and her relatives get The Wanderer into the water?
8. Describe Uncle Mo.
9. What story does Sophie tell Cody about a little kid she knows?
10. What does Cody's mom tell him when he talks to her on the phone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The characters in the novel all deal with tragedy and loss. Discuss dealing with tragedy in the novel.
1) How does Dock deal with the loss of Rosalie? How is this loss a tragedy for Dock?
2) How does Sophie deal with the loss of her parents?
3) What other tragedies do characters deal with? Is Stew's loss of his job a tragedy? Does Cody deal with tragedy?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss men and women's roles in the novel.
1) Why does Sophie get angry when she is cast in a traditional women's role? Why does she want to do tasks that are traditionally male?
2) How does Cody react to implications that his tasks of cooking and cleaning are traditionally women's tasks? Why does he respond this way?
3) What is the author saying about traditional roles of men and women in society?
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