Ahab's Wife, or, the Star-Gazer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sena Jeter Naslund
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Ahab's ship?

2. What is the name of Una's father?

3. What is the name of the town nearest to the lighthouse?

4. Which of the following proposes to Una?

5. In chapter 66, the ship is ____ days from Nantucket.

Short Essay Questions

1. Una and Kit discuss the steps they took in order to stay alive while out at sea. What does the pair discuss?

2. What happens while Una is incapacitated with illness?

3. Una begins to think about her future on Nantucket. What are some of Una's thoughts?

4. What job is given to Una by Ahab? Why is Una not concerned with potential dangers?

5. Una spends a great deal of time with Chester. Examine the friendship between Una and Chester. Also examine some of Una's activities on board the Sussex.

6. Discuss the conversation between Starbuck and Una.

7. Examine the scene in which Una becomes temporarily blinded.

8. Una begins to think about the return to Nantucket. What are some of the things Una thinks about regarding her future on the island?

9. Discuss Aunt Agatha's influence on Una regarding pacifism and women's rights.

10. Describe the scene in which Una meets Rebekkah Swain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write your own seafaring tale based on "Ahab's Wife, or, the Star-gazer: A Novel" by Sena Jeter Naslund. Use Una or Ahab as the lead character. Supply complete storyboards. Include character information, plot, synopsis, etc. Explain your inspiration.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used in many places throughout the book. Cite at least three examples of foreshadowing, their purpose and effectiveness. Where else might foreshadowing work in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Captain Ahab has an interesting relationship with the owners of the Pequod. The men seem to respect one another although there are times when they are in competition. Discuss how the mutual admiration benefits their working relationship. Explore how Ahab's skill and style of leadership has helped to make him a success. What is Ahab's background and how does it compare to the backgrounds of the other captains?

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