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 the physicist that developed a new type of lens for the lighthouse?

2. Who tutors Chester?

3. Giles and Kit became so ill that they could only drink ____.

4. Una and Giles talk about climbing the ____.

5. Giles applies to which school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Una after the Sussex sinks?

2. Explain the relationship between Giles and Chester. Who makes the arrangements? How does Una use the arrangement to her advantage?

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

4. Examine Una's connection with the lighthouse. How long did it take before Una fully explored the structure? Una often equated the lighthouse to freedom. Explain Una's feelings toward the lighthouse.

5. In chapter seventy-three, it becomes clear to Una that Kit is not going to improve. Discuss some of Kit's actions. What is Una's reaction?

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

7. What activity does Una take up with Sallie Swain? What is the metaphor used by Una to describe her relationship with Kit and Giles?

8. Who does Una marry? What is famous about Una's husband?

9. The Pequod finally arrives in Nantucket. What is promised by Ahab? Describe the actions of Kit and Una upon arrival. What strange occurrence happens when Kit and Una spend the night together?

10. Who are Kit and Giles? How do they meet Una? What brings them to Nantucket?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kit and Giles were both objects of Una's affections early in the story. Examine the relationship Una had with each man. Also compare and contrast Kit and Giles on personal and professional levels. Do you think things might have been different if Giles had lived?

Essay Topic 2

Slavery was becoming a hotbed issue in the 1840s. Susan is used as an allegory for the many slaves who attempted to escape and were caught, often more than once. Discuss in detail the slavery situation in Kentucky in the 1840s. Compare the situation to the slavery issue in Massachusetts. Was there anything that could ensure a person's freedom? Give details about Susan's run for freedom as well as others. Also give the point of view of the bounty hunter that visited Una in Kentucky.

Essay Topic 3

Robben Avalon's sculptures serve as a symbol of his models. Una is thrilled when Robben gives one of his statues to Ishmael. Una hopes that the statue will remind Ishmael of her if they were never to meet again. Robben also chose various people to act as his models. Discuss Robben's work, its symbolism, and how it is used to bring characters together.

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