Ahab's Wife, or, the Star-Gazer Test | Final 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. Ahab tells Una about which seafaring creature?

2. What important figure dies in the beginning of this section?

3. Who is in charge of the publication?

4. What is the name of Frannie's little brother?

5. Who married the captain of the Petrel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Una's reaction upon being married to Ahab?

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

3. How does Judge Austin Lord relate to Una's care after Ahab leaves Nantucket?

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

5. What causes Una to turn to the stars? What is one of Una's dreams?

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

7. What tragedy befalls Nantucket? How does it change things? What are some of the steps people take to rebuild?

8. What suggestion does Mary Starbuck make to Una? What is Una's response? What is Una's next step?

9. What news does Una receive from Maria? How does it affect Una?

10. Discuss the scene in which Ahab returns home.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Frannie becomes dedicated to the anti-slavery movement and goes to work with Frederick Douglass. What does Frannie do for Douglass? What type of work would best suit Frannie? What prompts Frannie to want to work for Douglass? What most affected Frannie in regards to anti-slavery and racial equality? What types of contributions might Frannie make in her new job?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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