Story A with Questions

STORY (A)
A certain west coast university scientist chartered a ship
for exploration purposes. When a large white bird was sighted the scientist
asked permission to kill it. He stated that white albatrosses are usually found
only off the coast of Australia. He wanted the bird as a specimen for the university
museum.
The crew protested against the killing of the bird, calling
the scientist’s attention to the old sea superstition that bad luck followed
the killing of a white albatross.            .
Nevertheless the captain granted permission to kill the bird
and the bird was killed. These mishaps happened after the bird was killed:
  • The
    net cables fouled up three times.
  • The
    net caught on the bottom and was ripped to shreds.
  • The
    shaft on the main winch snapped and it took the crew members five hours to
    reel in by hand
  • 1,700
    feet of cable.
  • A rib
    was broken when Jackie Larson, a scientific aide, fell down a hatch
    ladder.
  • The
    scientist became seasick for the first time in his life.
  • Lost
    gear forced the ship to head for land. The cook left his job.
Statements About Story A
T  F  ?  1.            
The scientist had never been seasick before.
T  F  ?  2.            
The purpose of the voyage was primarily pleasure
and sight-seeing.
T  F  ?  3.            
The story lists various incidents which follow
the killing of a bird.
T  F  ?  4.            
After the scientist shot the albatross the
troubles happened.
T  F  ?  5.            
No scientist’s name was mentioned in the story.
T  F  ?  6.            
The scientist was surprised to see a white
albatross in the vicinity.
T  F  ?  7.            
The scientist was not from a university or
college.
T  F  ?  8.            
The scientist asked the captain for permission
to kill the bird.
T  F  ?  9.            
It took the crew members less than five minutes
to reel in the seventeen hundred feet of cable.
T  F  ?  10.         
A lost gear made it necessary for the ship to
return to the west coast.
T  F  ?  11.         
Fortunately, the net cables never fouled up.
T  F  ?  12.         
A ship was chartered by a scientist.
T  F  ?  13.         
The net was ripped on the bottom of the sea.
T  F  ?  14.         
. The cook Was fired because of his objection to
the killing of the bird.
T  F  ?  15.         
Larson broke a leg.
T  F  ?  16.         
After the bird was killed the mishaps occurred.
T  F  ?  17.         
The white albatross was sighted near Australia.
T  F  ?  18.         
When an albatross was sighted flying near the
ship the scientist asked permission to kill it.
T  F  ?  19.         
The net was not damaged.
T  F  ?  20.         
The troubles happened after the albatross was
killed.
T  F  ?  21.         
The scientist was less influenced by the old sea
superstition than were the members of the crew.
T  F  ?  22.         
The ship, propelled by a motor, was in
difficulty after the gear broke.
T  F  ?  23.         
Permission to kill the bird was given by the
captain.
T  F  ?  24.         
Seventeen hundred feet of cable were reeled in
by hand.
T  F  ?  25.         
The bird that was killed was an albatross.
T  F  ?  26.         
The sailors were not disturbed when the scientist
violated the old sea superstition.
T  F  ?  27.         
The person who fell down a hatch ladder was a
man named Larson.
T  F  ?  28.         
Larson broke one of the ribs of the ship.
T  F  ?  29.         
The scientist did not want the bird as a
specimen for the university museum.
T  F  ?  30.         
The naturalist did not charter the ship.
T  F  ?  31.         
The scientist did not ask the crew for
permission to kill the albatross.
T  F  ?  32.         
The scientist’s attention was called to the old
sea superstition that bad luck follows the killing of a white albatross.
T  F  ?  33.         
The naturalist did not ask permission to kill the
bird in order to secure it as a museum specimen.
T  F  ?  34.         
The scientist expected to see a white albatross
in that vicinity.
T  F  ?  35.         
The scientist was influenced by the warnings of
the crew. 36. The cook did not leave his job.
T  F  ?  36.         
The captain broke one of his ribs.
T  F  ?  37.         
The bird was killed against the captain’s
orders.
T  F  ?  38.         
The crew members were only trying to frighten
the scientist by protesting against the killing of the bird.
T  F  ?  39.         
A lost gear was not the reason the ship landed.
41. The crew protested against the killing of the bird.
T  F  ?  40.         
Jackie Larson became seasick before the
albatross was killed. 43. The scientist’s aide was Jackie Larson.
T  F  ?  41.         
The bird was not killed.
T  F  ?  42.         
The bird was killed by the scientist.
T  F  ?  43.         
The cook helped reel in the seventeen hundred
feet of cable.
T  F  ?  44.         
While the crew men were undoubtedly upset by the
scientist’s action the cook was the only man to actually leave his job.
T  F  ?  45.         
A scientist fell down a hatch ladder.