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 does Sophie's father say about her trip?

2. What one thing does Sophie like about moving?

3. How old is Sophie?

4. What color is the sky when The Wanderer arrives at Seal Cove?

5. What does one of Sophie's friends complain being on a boat would be like?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the baptism Sophie attends.

2. Describe Uncle Stew.

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

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

5. What does Sophie think of the boat when she first sees it?

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

7. What does Frank's wife call Sophie?

8. What does Sophie's mother do?

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

10. What does Sophie do after she and her relatives get The Wanderer into the water?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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