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. Giles and Kit became so ill that they could only drink ____.

2. A larder is a place where _____is/are stored.

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

4. Kit suffers from a bout of:

5. Ahab shares which type of candy with the crew?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Maria Mitchell? What does she have in common with Una?

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

3. Discuss Una's fear regarding Justice and Jim.

4. What happens to Ahab physically upon his return to Nantucket? How do Una and Ahab deal with the issue?

5. Examine Una's connection with the lighthouse. How long did it take before Una fully explored the structure? Una often equated the lighthouse to freedom. Explain Una's feelings toward the lighthouse.

6. Frannie's life changes a great deal during this time. What happens to Frannie? What major career move does Frannie make?

7. What does Una decide to do when she learns that she is pregnant?

8. How do Una and Justice spend their time while Ahab is at sea? What is Justice's fear?

9. In chapter 133, Mary and Una try to recover from their grief. Describe at least one of the activities the group does to make themselves feel better.

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

Essay 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

Assuming a psychiatrist's point of view, analyze the situation with Kit. Discuss Kit's history and how it might affect possible psychiatric care. What would a psychiatrist say about Kit's mental breakdown? What might a doctor say about Kit's attachment to Giles? Was Kit suffering from dementia, mental illness or something else? What would the terminology be from a psychiatrist's point of view? What kind of treatment might Kit have benefited from before the situation got out of hand? Is the behavior something that can be "cured?" If so, how? If not, what else can be done?

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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