Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Spike Walker
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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 season ended in Part 1, The Greenhorn Season: Tanner Crab Fishing Aboard the Royal Quarry: Chapter 8?

2. In what industry did Spike Walker work in Oregon?

3. Who was the deck boss on the Williwaw Wind?

4. What price did the crew of the Williwaw Wind get for their crab compared to what they'd have gotten in the Bering Sea in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 6?

5. Whom did Spike Walker find it hard not to like in Part 1, The Greenhorn Season: Tanner Crab Fishing Aboard the Royal Quarry: Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was aboard the Royal Quarry in Part 1, The Greenhorn Season: Tanner Crab Fishing Aboard the Royal Quarry: Chapter 2?

2. What did the surviving crew of the Epic attempt to do to save the overboard crew members in Part 1, The Greenhorn Season: Tanner Crab Fishing Aboard the Royal Quarry: Chapter 6?

3. How long did Jonesy decide to stay in Lazy Bay in Part 1, The Greenhorn Season: Tanner Crab Fishing Aboard the Royal Quarry: Chapter 4? What happened when they left?

4. What job did Spike Walker take on aboard the Williwaw Wind in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 3?

5. Where did Lars decide to take the Williwaw Wind to unload from its second trip? Why?

6. What did the Williwaw Wind encounter at St. Paul Harbor in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 5?

7. What occurrence began the conflicts between Spike Walker and the crew of the Williwaw Wind?

8. How many crab died while the Williwaw Wind waited in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 4? What reaction did the skipper have?

9. Describe the tone of the book in Part 1, The Greenhorn Season: Tanner Crab Fishing Aboard the Royal Quarry. What was Spike's outlook like?

10. Where and with whom did Spike celebrate his job aboard the Royal Quarry? Whom did he see there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the code of honor among commercial fishermen and when this code is breached. When was it breached with the Williwaw Wind? What is the sense of brotherhood among seamen?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Spike Walker's experiences crab fishing on the Williwaw Wind. How long were the hours? How much was his pay? How did he feel working on the ship?

Essay Topic 3

Describe king crab and opilio crab. How are they different in appearance? When is the season for each? How do fishing methods differ?

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