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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. Why did some people object to the narrator sailing?

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

3. Who is Sophie going to visit on the other side of the ocean?

4. What does Cody call the two girls he sees walking down the beach toward him?

5. How long has Sophie been living with her adopted parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. When everyone is up on deck in the midst of the storm, and Sophie sees them from the helm, what does she see?

2. How do the dolphins act when they come up to the boat?

3. How does Sophie describe life on the boat in the turbulent water?

4. When the travelers arrive in Ireland, who are they able to reach by phone?

5. How does Sophie feel about the ham radio?

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

7. In Sophie's story about Bompie and his father, why does Bompie visit his father?

8. How does Sophie describe the color of the sea?

9. As Dock tells his story of the little girl, what does Cody realize about Sophie's stories?

10. How did Uncle Dock get his nickname?

Essay 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

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 Wanderer" contains many instances of conflict. Discuss the three types of conflict in the novel.

1) What conflicts in the novel are Man versus Man? How are these conflicts significant in the novel?

2) What conflicts in the novel are Man versus Nature? How are these conflicts significant in the novel?

3) What conflicts in the novel are Man versus Himself? How are these conflicts significant in the novel?

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