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 do the two girls on the beach ask Cody and Brian?

2. What does Stew say Claire thought of him and his brothers when she was young?

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

4. In his journal, what animals does Cody compare his father with?

5. What does Sophie's mother do when Sophie calls?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Uncle Dock get his nickname?

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

4. Describe Uncle Stew.

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

6. What does Sophie's mother do?

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

8. How does The Wanderer look, compared to the other boats in Martha's Vineyard?

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

10. Why does everyone react strangely when Sophie explains what she plans to teach?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel centers around memory and remembering. Discuss these elements in the novel.

1) How is Bompie's failing memory during his illness important to the story? Why does Sophie want to keep Bompie's memory alive through his stories?

2) How is memory unreliable in the novel? How are Sophie and Bompie's memories both unreliable in different ways?

3) How does memory drive the characters? How do Sophie's repressed memories drive her? How do Dock's memories of Rosalie drive him?

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

One of the primary themes of the novel is identity. Discus identity in the novel.

1) What elements help Sophie to find her identity and sense of self? Why does Sophie find it difficult to find her identity and where she fits into the world?

2) How do family, experience, memory, careers, and heritage affect identity in the novel?

3) How is storytelling a part of building identity for Sophie? What other ways do characters build or understand their identities?

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