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. Which of the following proposes to Una?

2. How does Ulysses die?

3. Who lays out nice things in Una's cabin?

4. In chapter 48, the Sussex heads toward which country?

5. Una originally comes from which state?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens while Una is incapacitated with illness?

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

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

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

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

7. Una begins to think about her future on Nantucket. What are some of Una's thoughts?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Captain Ahab has an interesting relationship with the owners of the Pequod. The men seem to respect one another although there are times when they are in competition. Discuss how the mutual admiration benefits their working relationship. Explore how Ahab's skill and style of leadership has helped to make him a success. What is Ahab's background and how does it compare to the backgrounds of the other captains?

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is used in many places throughout the book. Cite at least three examples of foreshadowing, their purpose and effectiveness. Where else might foreshadowing work in the story?

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