Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas Test | Final 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 went out on the Williwaw Wind in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 9?

2. In what year did Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 1 take place?

3. How did Spike Walker feel that the crab season was over in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 12?

4. Where did Spike Walker spend his summer in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 1?

5. What had increased immeasurably according to Spike Walker in Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the stories of seamen add to Spike's stresses in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 10?

2. What connection did Vern Hall have to the All Alaskan as described in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 9? What difference did that make?

3. In Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 4, just twenty-four hours after the tragedy of the City of Seattle, what other boat faced sinking? What happened?

4. What does Spike Walker describe in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Summary 1?

5. Describe the crew members of the Rondys. Why had these men come to the Alaskan fleet?

6. What struck the Williwaw Wind crew in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 10? How did the men react?

7. What about Vern Hall's history did Spike credit as an asset as a boss?

8. What news did the crew of the Rondys discover in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 3?

9. What boat rolled over in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 12? What was the outcome of the disaster?

10. What happened with the John and Olaf?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe why and how the crab fishing industry in Alaska reached its peak and then collapsed. When did the great boom take place and why? What ended it?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the story of Gerald Bourgeois and his boat, the Marion A. Who told Spike the story? What purpose does it serve to the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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