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 processing ship did the Rondys unload at in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 9?

2. Spike Walker describes how one crewman quit fishing after months of what in Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 2?

3. Where had the Marion A hit a reef in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 9?

4. How long had the boom years of crabbing in Alaska been going on in Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 2?

5. Who dropped into the ocean and managed to make his way to the life raft where other crew members waited in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes does Spike describe in the fleet in Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 2?

2. What happened with the John and Olaf?

3. What did Lt. Bob Lockman spend his time doing in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 5? Why?

4. What distress signal did the Elusive receive in Part 4, The Deadliest Season: Fishing the Gulf of Alaska Aboard the Elusive and Watching as Tragedy Strikes the Alaskan Fleet: Chapter 3?

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

6. 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?

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

8. What began to take its toll on Spike Walker in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 8?

9. Where was Spike working when he faced disaster in Part 2, The Bering Sea Season: King Crab Fishing Aboard the Williwaw Wind: Chapter 9?

10. How does Spike describe the down time of the men in Part 3, Working on the Edge: Fishing the Aleutian Islands and Points North Aboard the Rondys: Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the process of setting out crab pots on a commercial fishing vessel. In Spike Walker's first jobs, what was his position? How did he learn?

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 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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