The Wanderer Test | Final 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 color blanket does the little kid lie down on in the story Sophie tells Cody?

2. How do the travelers get from Ireland to Wales?

3. What does Uncle Stew really want to do for a living?

4. What color is the gigantic wave that approaches behind the boat while Sophie is watching and Cody is at the wheel?

5. What is the word for D in radio code?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cody describe the fog on the ocean journey?

2. What happens to the sails in the heavy wind?

3. How does Sophie feel about the ham radio?

4. What does Mo do after he gets back from the trip?

5. What injury does Cody sustain in the large wave that hits the boat?

6. What settles the argument about where Bompie should live?

7. What dreams does Cody have about Sophie, after the storms are over?

8. How does Sophie feel about seeing Bompie, as the travelers near their destination?

9. What makes it difficult to find Bompie's house in the town of Thorpe?

10. What quotation from Tennyson does Uncle Dock yell out?

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 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

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?

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