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. What is Starbuck's first name?

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

3. Who suggests that Una rent a cabin for the summer?

4. Charlotte received a letter from _____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. There is a dinner party at the judge's house. Why does the judge throw a party? What other event does the group attend?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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