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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Frannie goes to work with which famous figure?

2. Who returns to help Una with the baby?

3. The man is the captain of which ship?

4. What item does the judge give to Justice?

5. Who delivers the baby?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Naslund's use of Nantucket for the setting in "Ahab's Wife, or, the Star-gazer: A Novel". Why do you think Naslund chose Nantucket? How accurate do you think the setting is in regards to the real location? What areas are most commonly referenced in the story? What other location might have worked as well, if not better, than Nantucket? What is unique about the setting? What regionalisms are exhibited by Una and the rest of the characters? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Una is influenced by Aunt Agatha's Unitarian faith and ideas on pacifism. Write a 750 word essay on Aunt Agatha's beliefs, how they differ from Bertha's beliefs, and how they affect Una. Also relate the Unitarian perspective on pacifism and racial equality.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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