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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. Does Bompie remember the stories Sophie tells him?
2. What do Brian and Sophie notice about the dolphins?
3. What poem does Dock recite from, when the boat reaches sight of land?
4. What does Uncle Mo say that his job is?
5. Who is the one person who doesn't cry in the midst of the storm?
Short Essay Questions
1. What quotation from Tennyson does Uncle Dock yell out?
2. What does Sophie hear when Cody is actually asking about her harness?
3. What does Mo do after he gets back from the trip?
4. How does Cody describe the fog on the ocean journey?
5. What happens to Bompie in the story of the swimming hole?
6. When the family comes to visit Bompie, how does he react?
7. What do Stew and Mo argue about?
8. What injury does Cody sustain in the large wave that hits the boat?
9. How does Sophie describe life on the boat in the turbulent water?
10. What is the weather like, the first night on the open ocean?
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 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 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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