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. Una compares Ahab to ______.

2. What is the name of the river that borders Una's family home?

3. What type of berries are not mentioned in relation to Nantucket?

4. What name does Una use when posing as a cabin boy?

5. In chapter 71, Una meets ____, Kit's old girlfriend.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Ahab during his time away from Una?

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

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

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

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

6. What becomes of Una and Ishmael? What happens with Jim and Justice?

7. Discuss the scene in which Ahab returns home.

8. 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.

9. Una decides to dress up as a cabin boy so that she can go out to sea with Kit and Giles. Examine Una's plan. Who does Una meet on the ship?

10. How does Judge Austin Lord relate to Una's care after Ahab leaves Nantucket?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Una and Frannie basically grew up as sisters. Discuss the relationship between Una and Frannie as children and then as adults. Who was the most grounded? Who was the most motivated? Who was the most intelligent? How did the relationship change after Una went away to sea?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Robben Avalon tells Una that he wants to be her best friend forever but that Judge Lord is his soul mate. The news upset Una. Why was Una upset at this confession? What did Avalon mean by "soul mates?" Discuss the relationship between Avalon and Lord before and after the fire that destroyed the town.

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