A Review Quiz On The Cay By Theodore Taylor!

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The Cay is a children's novel written by Theodore Taylor, which was published in 1969. The story revolves around 11-year-old Phillip Enright and his mother who tries to flee and escape Curaçao, which has been surrounded by German submarines and faces racism. This quiz has been developed to test your knowledge and reviews questions on plot, character, and theme of the novel. So, let's try out the quiz. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Timothy thought Stew Cat was bad luck or a ___

    • A.

      Voodoo doll

    • B.

      Good luck charm

    • C.

      Jumbi

    • D.

      Miniature lion

    Correct Answer
    C. Jumbi
    Explanation
    Timothy believed that Stew Cat was either bad luck or a jumbi. A jumbi is a supernatural creature or spirit in Caribbean folklore that is often associated with bringing misfortune or causing harm. This explanation suggests that Timothy considered Stew Cat to be a source of bad luck or a potentially malevolent entity.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following were available for them to eat on the island?

    • A.

      Langosta, fish, mussels, coconut

    • B.

      Steaks and hamburgers

    • C.

      All types of fruit

    • D.

      Fish, lizards, chicken

    Correct Answer
    A. Langosta, fish, mussels, coconut
    Explanation
    The available options for them to eat on the island were langosta, fish, mussels, and coconut. This means that they had access to seafood like langosta, fish, and mussels, as well as the option to consume coconuts.

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  • 3. 

    How did Timothy and Phillip keep track of the days?

    • A.

      Ancient watch timothy had

    • B.

      Added a large rock to a stack on the beach

    • C.

      Sun dial

    • D.

      Pebble in a can

    Correct Answer
    D. Pebble in a can
    Explanation
    Timothy and Phillip kept track of the days by using a pebble in a can. This suggests that they marked each passing day by placing a pebble in a can, possibly creating a tally system. This method would allow them to visually see the number of days that have passed, helping them keep track of time.

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  • 4. 

    Why was there a break in the middle of the storm?

    • A.

      The storm skipped over them

    • B.

      The storm hitting the island caused it to stop

    • C.

      They were in the eye of the hurricane

    • D.

      The storm changed direction

    Correct Answer
    C. They were in the eye of the hurricane
    Explanation
    The break in the middle of the storm occurred because they were in the eye of the hurricane. The eye of a hurricane is a calm and clear area in the center of the storm, surrounded by the eyewall where the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall occur. When a person or a location is in the eye of the hurricane, they experience a temporary lull in the storm as the eyewall passes over them. This break can give the false impression that the storm has ended, but it is only temporary before the storm resumes when the other side of the eyewall approaches.

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  • 5. 

    What was the most important thing Timothy did for Phillip?

    • A.

      Taught him how to survive on his own

    • B.

      Gave him spelling lessons

    • C.

      Built him a raft

    • D.

      Made him a cane

    Correct Answer
    A. Taught him how to survive on his own
    Explanation
    Timothy teaching Phillip how to survive on his own was the most important thing he did for him. This skill allowed Phillip to become independent and self-reliant, which was crucial for his survival on the deserted island. By teaching him essential survival skills, Timothy empowered Phillip to take care of himself and make decisions that would ensure his safety and well-being. This knowledge also gave Phillip a sense of confidence and resilience, enabling him to face the challenges and hardships they encountered during their time on the island.

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  • 6. 

    How did they get fresh water to drink?

    • A.

      Small stream that came out of the rocks

    • B.

      They were able to take sea water and remove the salt from it

    • C.

      Catchments that allowed them to store it

    • D.

      A small lake was on the north side of the cay

    Correct Answer
    C. Catchments that allowed them to store it
    Explanation
    The correct answer is catchments that allowed them to store it. This means that they were able to collect and store fresh water in catchment areas, such as reservoirs or tanks, which provided them with a sustainable source of drinking water.

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  • 7. 

    Timothy was intelligent even though he had gone to school because of ___

    • A.

      He had been in the military

    • B.

      He was older than Phillip

    • C.

      He had survival skills, knowledge of the sea, and a good understanding of geography

    • D.

      He had gone to a school sailor training

    Correct Answer
    C. He had survival skills, knowledge of the sea, and a good understanding of geography
    Explanation
    Timothy's intelligence is attributed to his possession of survival skills, knowledge of the sea, and a good understanding of geography. These qualities indicate that Timothy has acquired practical knowledge and expertise that go beyond formal education. This suggests that his intelligence is not solely reliant on his schooling but is also a result of his real-world experiences and practical skills.

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  • 8. 

    From what illness did Timothy suffer?

    • A.

      He was sick of school

    • B.

      Pneumonia

    • C.

      Ebola

    • D.

      Malar (Malaria)

    Correct Answer
    D. Malar (Malaria)
  • 9. 

    Why would Phillip's mother possibly not recognize him if he were rescued?

    • A.

      He was dirty and shaggy

    • B.

      He was brown from the sun and had become more muscular

    • C.

      He was blind

    • D.

      He could no longer read or write

    Correct Answer
    B. He was brown from the sun and had become more muscular
    Explanation
    Phillip's mother might not have recognized him if he were rescued because he had become brown from the sun and had developed more muscles. This suggests that Phillip's physical appearance had changed significantly during his time stranded, making him unrecognizable to his mother.

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  • 10. 

    Why did Phillip like the rain?

    • A.

      He liked to play in it

    • B.

      He did not have to work on rainy days

    • C.

      He was able to get clean since there was no shower

    • D.

      He could hear it and feel it

    Correct Answer
    D. He could hear it and feel it
    Explanation
    Phillip liked the rain because he could hear it and feel it. This suggests that he enjoyed the sensory experience of rain, finding pleasure in the sound and touch of the raindrops.

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