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 Starbuck's wife?

2. Una talks with Giles about making a harness out of braided ____.

3. What type of store caught on fire?

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

5. What is the name of Kit's old girlfriend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens while Una is incapacitated with illness?

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

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

4. Una continues to be troubled by her relationship with Kit. Explain Una wandering around in the dark.

5. What happens to Una after the Sussex sinks?

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

7. Explain some of the issues faced by the Sussex in the storms.

8. How are foreshadowing and flashback used in this first section?

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

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

Naslund does not tell the story in chronological order, which may or may not confuse the issue regarding Una's relationship with Ahab and the birth of Justice. Discuss the purpose of this technique. Was Naslund intent on filling in the back story or was there another purpose to using this method? Was the technique effective? Explain. Rewrite one of the passages keeping the story in chronological order to make the story line clear.

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

Describe the relationship between Bertha and Ulysses. Are they close? Is there anything unusual about their relationship? How might the situation with Una affect the relationship? Why do you think Una and Ulysses cannot come to terms regarding religion? What extreme measures does Ulysses take to try to convince Una that his way is the only way? What is the final straw that causes Una to leave Kentucky? What is Bertha's opinion? How does Una's move affect the relationship between Bertha and Ulysses? How does the move affect the relationship between Una and Bertha.

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