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 does Sophie overhear talking about Uncle Stew losing his job?

2. Who does Bompie look like?

3. Does Bompie remember the stories Sophie tells him?

4. What does Uncle Mo give his family as presents?

5. What do the crew do to practice radio code?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens to Bompie in the story of the swimming hole?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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