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 the town nearest to the lighthouse?

3. What is Kit's last name?

4. Una thinks about making a living on land as a _____.

5. Out on the open water, the captain orders Una to be on the lookout for which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What happens to Una after the Sussex sinks?

4. What information does Ahab have for Una about Kit? What is Una's reaction?

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

6. What happens while Una is incapacitated with illness?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

Examine the career and professional skills of Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. Detail each man's educational history, professional status, evolution as an attorney, involvement in the abolitionist movement, and other famous cases in which he participated.

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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