C. C. Ch. 5-8 Reading Questions

Adapted From “The Laws and Lore of the Sea: A Unit for Science and English”,

Pauline Chandler, Jen Collison, Brookwood School Manchester, MA


Reflect on 1 Samuel 16:1-11 and Acts 13:21-23.  Write down what gives a man (or woman) significance in God’s eyes according to these verses.


Due Friday, September 23rd (20 points)

Write Answers for BULLETED questions.  Be prepared to discuss all questions.

There will be a Quiz September 23rd.

It will cover Kipling’s Biographical info. and Captains Courageous Ch. 1-4.  The first part of the test will be from the Kipling bio. study sheet and from class notes on Kipling.

American Notes context Assignment Due Sept. 30th

Chapter 5

  • 1. How does Harvey see his “former life,” now that he’s made a place for himself on the We’re Here, and what evidence is there that Harvey has changed?

2. What are the tools available to the men of the We’re Here to keep track of each other in the fog?

3. What kind of information does Disko record in his log book, “page after soiled page”?

Chapter 6

  • 1. What is the story of Disko Troop’s name, and what does this suggest about his parents’ priorities?  What do you think Kipling was saying about Disko when he used the allusion to Myron’s bronze statue “Discobolus”?
  • 2. What things, in Disko’s judgment, ought to be kept separate?  (Two of them cause an argument between Uncle Salter’s and Disko at the beginning of chapter 6, another is referred to on p. 75 and another is shown in chapter 4 when they come in contact with Abishai.)  What are some of Disko’s reasons for thinking this way?
  • 3. How do sailors on different ships relate to one another?

 Chapter 7

  • 1. What happens to the Jennie Cashman?
  •  2. What impact does the accident have on Penn?  Take time to think through this incident.  What might Penn’s character represent?  Uncle Salters?  How does the accident affect Harvey?
  •  3. What good news does the Carrie Pitman bring?

Chapter 8

  • 1. Describe the community of fishermen that exists in the “town” the We’re Here encounters.

2. What is the “Virgin”?

  • 3. What superstitions are revealed as a result of the death of the Frenchman? Write down at least one Scripture that instructs us on how God views these things. (See Ch.5-8 Extra-Credit assignment  for help finding a Bible verse.)
  • 4. What is the race that the We’re Here has with the Parry Norman and what is significant about the finish for the We’re Here?
  • 5. What is Harvey’s reaction to arriving in Gloucester and why does he feel this way?


  • Short Essay (Due with Ch. 5-8 Questions)

In Chapters 5-8, there are references to Masons (the Masonic Temple), and allusions to witchcraft when the cook leads the boys in a superstitious ceremony and idolatrous practices to make the dead Frenchmen’s spirit leave the boys alone. (The Cook’s other name is Doc—likely an allusion to witchdoctor-like practices and a supposed gift of clairvoyance.)

Write a half-page paper describing EITHER why Masonry is not compatible with Christianity based on the testimonies of an ex-Mason (see e-mail attachment) OR what Scripture has to say about necromancy (communicating with the dead), witchcraft, mediums, idolatry, fortune telling and spiritism.  (You should be able to find these words in a concordance or Bible software program with a concordance.)

 Extra-Credit READING ACTIVITY  — CHOOSE ONE or TWO   (4 points each)

 Chapter 5

We are told that Harvey “preferred not to wonder too much how she [his mother] was bearing the shock of his supposed death” (p. 61) What do you think the loss of her son has been like for Harvey’s mother? Create a series of short diary entries written by Harvey’s mother after the time he fell overboard. What is she feeling? What is she doing? How might her life be different without a son whose “amusement” is her primary concern?  Make sure to make these from her character’s point of view as her character has been revealed in the story.


What would Harvey say to his old self if he could have that conversation? Write a dialogue between the Harvey of the “cherry-colored rig” and the Harvey of the We’re Here.


Chapter 7

As is said on page 83, “When a man has lost his only son, his summer’s work, and his means of livelihood, in thirty counted seconds, it is hard to give consolation.” Less concerned with consolation than with reporting the news, a journalist might report this incident in a manner different from that of the men on the We’re Here. Write a newspaper article telling of the collision between the Jenny Cushman and the salmon-colored steamer.


Chapter 8

“‘To the end of his days, Harvey will never forget that sight. The sun was just clear of the horizon they had not seen for nearly a week, and his low red light struck into the riding-sails of three fleets of anchored schooners – one to the north, one to the westward, and one to the south. There must have been nearly a hundred of them, of every possible make and build, with, far away, a square-rigged Frenchman, all bowing and curtseying one to the other. From every boat dories were dropping away like bees from a crowded hive, and the clamor of voices, the rattling of ropes and blocks, and the splash of the oars carried for miles across the heaving water. The sails turned all colors, black, pearly-gray, and white, as the sun mounted; and more boats swung up through the mists to the southward.” (p. 89)

Using unlined paper and vivid color, draw this sceneMake it detailed.  You can look at the historic photos online at literaturediscovery.wordpress.com on Captains Courageous Page

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