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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. How many brothers and sisters does Frank's father have?

2. How long does Uncle Dock estimate that the whole trip will take?

3. What does Uncle Stew call six to eight foot waves?

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

5. What does the crew call the new bilge box?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What theory about death and life do Cody and Sophie discuss?

3. What does Sophie think of the Ohio River?

4. What is the sail to Nova Scotia supposed to be like?

5. What happens to Bompie in the story of the swimming hole?

6. How does Sophie feel about the ham radio?

7. What is the weather like, the first night on the open ocean?

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

9. How did Uncle Dock get his nickname?

10. What does Frank's wife call Sophie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

During the journey, the characters learn about each other. Discuss learning about other people in the novel.

1) How does Sophie learn about her uncles and cousins during the journey? What affect does this have on their relationships?

2) How does Cody learn about Sophie during the journey? How does Cody respond to his cousin and to learning about her?

3) How do Cody and Mo learn about each other during the journey? How does this affect their relationship as father and son?

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