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. What is the name of Una's aunt?

3. What is the girlfriend's married name?

4. What food does Una compare to sunshine?

5. What is the name of the store's proprietor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Una's childhood and introduction to the sea.

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

6. Ahab deals with Kit after his bout of dementia. What does Ahab do to try to keep Kit under control?

7. Discuss the conversation between Starbuck and Una.

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

9. Nantucket is an island that often depends on outside sources in order to function as an independent town/region. Explain how the area functions with limited supplies and resources.

10. Una and Giles talk about climbing the topsail and feeling like birds out over the ocean. What happens to Giles the next day? What happens to Kit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Una married twice during the course of the story. When it was learned that Judge Lord wanted to marry Una, she realized that she was content being unmarried. Later Una met Ishmael and the pair lived together and had a child. Discuss in detail Una's multiple and somewhat complicated relationships. Was it common for a person to go from one marriage to the next? What might have happened if Kit had returned from out West? Do you think Una would have taken him back? Do you think Kit and Charlotte got married? Why do you think Una and Ishmael never married?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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