At the beginning of the novel, why does the family search for the sailors?
A. They know the sailors have the only good boat.
The Swiss Family Robinson begins with their ship running aground during a storm and all of the sailors escaping the boat in rafts. The Robinson family were the only ones left on board after deciding that there was very little chance of their ship being driven off their rock and that their cabin was safe enough to wait out the storm. After heading to land the next day, making shelter, and procuring some provisions they decide to search for their shipmates. They begin looking in chapter 3 and after praying and beginning the search, the oldest son Fritz asked why they should even look for them at all. The father replies:
"First," said I, "we must not return evil for evil. Besides, they may assist us, or be in need of our assistance. Above all, remember, they could save nothing but themselves. We have got many useful things which they have as much right to as we."
"But we might be saving the lives of our cattle," said Fritz.
"We should do our duty better by saving the life of a man," answered I; "besides, our cattle have food for some days, and the sea is so calm there is no immediate danger."
The father holds no ill will towards the sailors for abandoning their vessel and instead seeks them out to see if they need assistance. He notices that his family is stocked well enough with provisions from the ship that they can survive for a time however the sailors left with nothing and thus do not have a good chance of surviving long.
Answer choice A is incorrect; they don't need a boat after making rafts from tubs, nor was it ever mentioned.
Choice B is incorrect; his reply to Fritz saying "Above all, remember, they could save nothing but themselves. We have got many useful things which they have as much right to as we..." shows he is not considering what the sailors may have that they do not.
Choice C is incorrect; the father is a very strong Christian who would rather assist his fellow man than strike him down ("We should do our duty better by saving the life of a man").
THE CORRECT CHOICE IS D, the father wants to seek them out to make sure they have the materials they need as he knows they left the ship without any materials.