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. Who marries Starbuck?

2. What is the name of Una and Ahab's son?

3. Who is not at the house in Concord?

4. Who waits with Una at the dock?

5. Who left a letter at Una's Kentucky home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Robben Avalon? What is his relationship with Una?

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

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

5. What happens to Ahab during his time away from Una?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Una receive from the captains? What news arrives from Ahab?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Naslund does not tell the story in chronological order, which may or may not confuse the issue regarding Una's relationship with Ahab and the birth of Justice. Discuss the purpose of this technique. Was Naslund intent on filling in the back story or was there another purpose to using this method? Was the technique effective? Explain. Rewrite one of the passages keeping the story in chronological order to make the story line clear.

Essay Topic 2

Robben Avalon tells Una that he wants to be her best friend forever but that Judge Lord is his soul mate. The news upset Una. Why was Una upset at this confession? What did Avalon mean by "soul mates?" Discuss the relationship between Avalon and Lord before and after the fire that destroyed the town.

Essay Topic 3

Naslund discusses the areas traveled by the various ships including the Sussex and the Pequod. Discuss the routes traveled by these ships as well as the common trade routes of the day. Examine the length of time it took the ships to travel the entire route and why some ships were gone years longer than others. Give a crew member's perspective and a captain's perspective on where a ship should travel and where the best opportunities lie for whaling. Compare those trade routes to ones commonly used today.

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