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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. Who keeps looking over Sophie's shoulder while she tries to write in her journal in the car?
2. What do the travelers eat on the bench near a London landmark?
3. After the wave hits, who pulls Sophie below the hatch?
4. In Sophie's story, where does Bompie go to see the ocean?
5. What breaks in the wind?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cody describe the fog on the ocean journey?
2. What seems different to Cody about the way Brian bugs Sophie, as they near Bompie's?
3. What happens in the altercation between Sophie and Brian?
4. What happens to the sails in the heavy wind?
5. What does Sophie hear when Cody is actually asking about her harness?
6. What do Stew and Mo argue about?
7. What are Sophie and Uncle Dock's attitudes toward the autohelm?
8. What is the weather like, the first night on the open ocean?
9. What quotation from Tennyson does Uncle Dock yell out?
10. What happens to Bompie in the story of the swimming hole?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
The characters argue with each other throughout the novel. Discuss the significance of arguments in the novel.
1) Why do some characters argue more than others? What causes Mo and Stew to argue? What causes Brian and Cody to argue?
2) What causes conflict and argument between Mo and Cody? What does this say about their relationship as father and son?
3) How are arguments different before the major storm, during the storm, and after the storm?
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