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. The man is the captain of which ship?

2. Maria only wears dresses made from which material?

3. Who returns to town with stories about Susan?

4. The investment is focused on which natural resource?

5. What is the name of Una's neighbor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Captain Mayhew? Why does he visit Una? What offer does Mayhew make to Una?

2. How does the relationship between Una and Ahab change in this section? What does Ahab do to have Una for himself?

3. What great tragedies befall Una in chapter ninety-one? Who is on hand to help Una?

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

5. Judge Austin Lord invites Una and Justice to stay at his house. What transpires between the judge and Una?

6. What news does Una receive upon her return to Nantucket?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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