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 Giles' last name?

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

3. Giles applies to which school?

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

5. Who falls into the sea?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the story reverts to the time before Justice's birth.

2. There is a dinner party at the judge's house. Why does the judge throw a party? What other event does the group attend?

3. What news does Una receive regarding a mishap at sea? What happens to Ahab?

4. 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?

5. Who is Elijah? What news does he deliver to Justice? What happens to Elijah?

6. Chapter 134 presents letters to Una from Margaret Fuller. Who is Margaret Fuller? Where is she located?

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

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

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. Who is Susan? Why is she important to Una?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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