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. Who gets into a fight, as the boat approaches land?

2. What do the travelers eat on the bench near a London landmark?

3. What do the travelers try to use for navigation after the wreckage of the storm?

4. What poem does Dock recite from, when the boat reaches sight of land?

5. How fast are the winds?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Stew and Mo argue about?

2. What theory about death and life do Cody and Sophie discuss?

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

4. What seems different to Cody about the way Brian bugs Sophie, as they near Bompie's?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Uncle Stew say about the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The novel is told from two different point of view, Sophie's and Cody's. Discuss point of view in the novel.

1) How is Sophie's point of view different from Cody's? What does having two points of view add to the story?

2) How would the novel be different if it were told from a neutral point of view, instead of through the characters' journals?

3) Why is the same scene often presented twice, by the two different narrators?

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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