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Grade 8 - Chapter III of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane

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  • Q1
    How do the harsh conditions and remote location of the setting contribute to the theme of the passage?
    They permit the author to illustrate the basic principles used to navigate the sea.
    They provide conflict that propels the action and character development in the story.
    They illustrate why some members of the crew struggle more than others.
    The y allow the author to focus on the environment rather than character development.
  • Q2
    Paragraph 1 includes these two sentences: “No one said that it was so. No one mentioned it .” Paragraph 2 then includes the same sentences. What is the most likely reason that these sentences are repeated in both paragraphs?
    The sentences show that the crew members feel similarly about their situation, and they have formed a strong bond that allows them to leave some thoughts unspoken.
    The sentences show that there is an unspoken level of tension among the crew members.
    The sentences show that although the crew members are outwardly optimistic, they have serious doubts about their survival and keep their doubts to themselves.
    The sentences show that there is a limited amount of conversation among the crew members.
  • Q3
    In Paragraph 9, the correspondent reflects on how he views rowing as opposed to how others may view the activity. What is the intended impact of this reflection?
    It is meant to make the reader pity the correspondent and his current physical state.
    It is meant to enlighten the reader about what the correspondent’s life was like before.
    It is meant to encourage the reader to appreciate the correspondent more than the other characters.
    It is meant to add humor for the reader by injecting the correspondent’s wit.
  • Q4
    Which sentence from the story adds suspense by showing that some characters have doubts that they will be rescued?
    “The cook and the correspondent were not now obliged to slave in order to hold high the oar.” (Paragraph 7)
    “The hurt captain, lying against the water-jar in the bow, spoke always in a low voice and calmly, but he could never command a more ready and swiftly obedient crew than the motley three of the dinghy.” (Paragraph 2)
    “‘Captain, by the way, I believe they abandoned that life-saving station there about a year ago.’” (Paragraph 5)
    “‘We might try my overcoat on the end of an oar and give you two boys a chance to rest.’” (Paragraph 3)
  • Q5
    Part A: In paragraph 17, what does the phrase “impending rescue” mean?
    A rescue involving many people
    A rescue occurring against many odds
    A rescue organized according to rules
    A rescue happening soon
  • Q6
    Part B: Which sentence from the passage provides the best clue for the meaning of the phrase “impending rescue”?
    "‘We'll never be able to make the lighthouse now,’ said the captain.” (Paragraph 14)
    “In an hour, perhaps, they would be ashore.” (Paragraph 16)
    “Their backbones had become thoroughly used to balancing in the boat, and they now rode this wild colt of a dinghy like circus men.” (Paragraph 17)
    “For these reasons, and for others, neither the oiler nor the correspondent was fond of rowing at this time.” (Paragraph 9)
  • Q7
    Part A: Which of these conclusions can be drawn from evidence in the passage?
    The men have established a deep respect for others in the dinghy.
    The oiler has taken charge of the dinghy.
    The captain knows that his crew thinks they will die on the sea.
    The men are weakened from a lack of water.
  • Q8
    Part A: Which paragraph supports the conclusion that "The men have established a deep respect for others in the dinghy"?
    Paragraph 7
    Paragraph 5
    Paragraph 1
    Paragraph 9
  • Q9
    Part A: Which paragraph supports the conclusion that "The men offer encouragement by promoting thoughts of rescue"?
    Paragraph 11
    Paragraph 10
    Paragraph 7
    Paragraph 14
  • Q10
    Part A: Which paragraph supports the conclusion that "Rations are limited but shared equally"?
    Paragraph 17
    Paragraph 10
    Paragraph 12
    Paragraph 16
  • Q11
    Part B: Which theme is best supported by the three conclusions in Part A?
    Unexpected physical hardship will test the ability of even the strongest friendships to survive.
    Humans often form stronger relationships with one another when facing adversity together.
    The hardest task anyone can face is to overcome fear.
    People cannot know or guess what the future holds for them.

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