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The cay shows us the story of a boy who got shipwrecked and gets to form friendships with people as he learns to survive in a strange land. Have you read the book and think you are well prepared to tackle the final exam? Take up the quiz for the reading of The Cay by Theodore Taylor and see how well prepared you actually are.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Why were there no people on the island Timothy found?

    • A.

      There was no natural source of water.

    • B.

      There were people on the island.

    • C.

      It was too small.

    • D.

      It had been attacked by the Germans already.

    Correct Answer
    A. There was no natural source of water.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "There was no natural source of water." This means that the island Timothy found did not have any water available naturally, which could be a reason why there were no people on the island. Without water, it would be difficult for people to survive and sustain themselves on the island.

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  • 2. 

    What did Phillip's family do after he was rescued?

    • A.

      They moved back to Curacao.

    • B.

      They moved to the island.

    • C.

      They moved to Europe.

    • D.

      They moved back to the United States.

    Correct Answer
    A. They moved back to Curacao.
    Explanation
    After Phillip was rescued, his family decided to move back to Curacao.

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  • 3. 

    What were the biggest threats to Timothy and Phillip when they were on the raft?

    • A.

      Birds and sharks

    • B.

      Lack of water and sharks

    • C.

      A leaky raft and submarines

    • D.

      Storms and sharks

    Correct Answer
    B. Lack of water and sharks
    Explanation
    When Timothy and Phillip were on the raft, their biggest threats were the lack of water and sharks. The lack of water posed a significant danger to their survival as they were stranded at sea with limited resources. Additionally, the presence of sharks added to the danger, as they could attack and harm Timothy and Phillip. These two threats combined made their situation even more precarious and heightened the urgency of finding rescue or a source of water.

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  • 4. 

    What did Timothy do so that Phillip could fish on the reef?

    • A.

      He used a rope to mark a safe path.

    • B.

      He told Phillip not to go on the reef because it wasn't safe.

    • C.

      He had Phillip crawl out onto the reef.

    • D.

      He drove sticks into the reef to mark a safe path.

    Correct Answer
    D. He drove sticks into the reef to mark a safe path.
    Explanation
    Timothy drove sticks into the reef to mark a safe path for Phillip. This action allowed Phillip to navigate the reef without getting lost or injured. By marking the path, Timothy ensured that Phillip could fish on the reef while minimizing the risks associated with navigating unfamiliar terrain.

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  • 5. 

    How did Phillip survive the attack?

    • A.

      He got into a lifeboat with the other passengers.

    • B.

      He got rescued by the submarine.

    • C.

      A black man saved him and pulled him on a raft.

    • D.

      His mother dragged him into a lifeboat.

    Correct Answer
    C. A black man saved him and pulled him on a raft.
    Explanation
    Phillip survived the attack because a black man saved him and pulled him onto a raft.

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  • 6. 

    Who met Phillip in the hospital?

    • A.

      No one

    • B.

      Timothy

    • C.

      His mother and father

    • D.

      His grandmother

    Correct Answer
    C. His mother and father
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "His mother and father" because the question asks who met Phillip in the hospital, and the answer states that his mother and father met him.

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  • 7. 

    How did Phillip make his fire better?

    • A.

      He put in things that would make a dark smoke.

    • B.

      He burnt it 24 hours a day.

    • C.

      He lit it every day.

    • D.

      He piled up the sticks so that the fire was huge.

    Correct Answer
    A. He put in things that would make a dark smoke.
    Explanation
    Phillip made his fire better by adding things that would produce dark smoke. This suggests that he intentionally wanted the smoke to be visible, possibly as a signal for help or to attract attention. Adding such materials would create a more noticeable and prominent fire, increasing the chances of being noticed by others.

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  • 8. 

    Where does the story take place?

    • A.

      The United States

    • B.

      Europe

    • C.

      The Caribbean Sea

    • D.

      Germany

    Correct Answer
    C. The Caribbean Sea
    Explanation
    The story takes place in the Caribbean Sea. This can be inferred from the options given, where the United States, Europe, and Germany are all separate locations and not bodies of water. Therefore, the correct answer is the Caribbean Sea.

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  • 9. 

    How did Timothy feed them?

    • A.

      He speared and fished for seafood.

    • B.

      He cast nets into the sea and caught seafood.

    • C.

      He had food in a trunk from the ship.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. He speared and fished for seafood.
    Explanation
    Timothy fed them by spearing and fishing for seafood.

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  • 10. 

    What is the time period for the book?

    • A.

      The Vietnam War

    • B.

      The Civil War

    • C.

      World War I

    • D.

      World War II

    Correct Answer
    D. World War II
    Explanation
    The time period for the book is World War II. This is evident from the options provided, where the other options (Vietnam War, Civil War, and World War I) are different time periods and not relevant to the question. Therefore, World War II is the correct answer for the time period of the book.

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  • 11. 

    What is a cay? 

    • A.

      A coral reef

    • B.

      An island

    • C.

      A boat

    • D.

      A bird

    Correct Answer
    B. An island
    Explanation
    A cay is a term used to describe a small, low-lying island formed by the accumulation of coral or sand. It is typically found in tropical or subtropical regions and is often surrounded by coral reefs.

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  • 12. 

    How did Phillip get his sight back?

    • A.

      He got hit on the head again.

    • B.

      He never got his sight back.

    • C.

      It came back gradually.

    • D.

      He had to have three operations.

    Correct Answer
    D. He had to have three operations.
    Explanation
    Phillip regained his sight through a series of three operations. This suggests that his loss of sight was due to a medical condition or injury that required surgical intervention. The gradual return of his sight indicates that the operations were successful in restoring his vision over time.

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  • 13. 

    What was the best thing that Timothy did for Phillip?

    • A.

      He didn't kill the cat.

    • B.

      He made him independent and taught him to survive on his own.

    • C.

      He saved him from the shipwreck.

    • D.

      He fed and protected him.

    Correct Answer
    B. He made him independent and taught him to survive on his own.
    Explanation
    Timothy's best action for Phillip was teaching him independence and survival skills. This suggests that Timothy empowered Phillip to become self-reliant and capable of taking care of himself.

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  • 14. 

    What presents did Timothy leave Phillip?

    • A.

      Fishing poles

    • B.

      Food and water

    • C.

      Matches

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Timothy left Phillip with fishing poles, food and water, and matches. The phrase "All of the above" indicates that all the options listed before it are correct. Therefore, Timothy left Phillip with all of these presents.

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  • 15. 

    What happened to Phillip's boat?

    • A.

      It sank in a storm.

    • B.

      It was torpedoed

    • C.

      It made it to America.

    • D.

      The engine blew up.

    Correct Answer
    B. It was torpedoed
    Explanation
    The boat that Phillip was on was torpedoed, meaning it was attacked and hit by a torpedo. This suggests that the boat was deliberately targeted and attacked, causing it to sink.

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  • 16. 

    What did they do for water?

    • A.

      Timothy turned the salt water into fresh water.

    • B.

      They didn't have enough fresh water.

    • C.

      Timothy made a catchment for water.

    • D.

      Timothy gathered rain water.

    Correct Answer
    C. Timothy made a catchment for water.
    Explanation
    Timothy made a catchment for water, which suggests that he created a system or structure to collect and store water. This implies that they took proactive measures to ensure they had access to water, especially considering the statement that they didn't have enough fresh water. Additionally, the fact that Timothy turned salt water into fresh water and gathered rainwater indicates that he was resourceful and actively sought out different sources of water to meet their needs.

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  • 17. 

    What made Timothy very sick?

    • A.

      Chicken pox

    • B.

      Malaria

    • C.

      Lack of water

    • D.

      Measles

    Correct Answer
    B. Malaria
    Explanation
    Timothy became very sick due to Malaria. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by the Plasmodium parasite. It is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Malaria can cause symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches. If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications and even death. Therefore, it is important to diagnose and treat Malaria promptly to prevent further health deterioration.

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  • 18. 

    What happened during the hurricane?

    • A.

      They got rescued.

    • B.

      Timothy died.

    • C.

      The Germans found them.

    • D.

      They got washed off the island.

    Correct Answer
    B. Timothy died.
  • 19. 

    What food did they eat on the island?

    • A.

      Lobster

    • B.

      Sea urchin eggs

    • C.

      Fish

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because the passage mentions multiple types of food that were eaten on the island, including lobster, sea urchin eggs, and fish. Therefore, it can be inferred that they ate all of these foods during their time on the island.

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  • 20. 

    Why did Phillip's mother decide to take a boat?

    • A.

      She was afraid to fly.

    • B.

      They couldn't take a submarine.

    • C.

      It was the only way to leave the island.

    • D.

      All of the airplanes had been destroyed.

    Correct Answer
    A. She was afraid to fly.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She was afraid to fly." This can be inferred from the given options, as the other options do not provide a valid reason for choosing a boat over other modes of transportation.

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