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 investment is focused on which natural resource?

2. Who marries Starbuck?

3. Ahab compares Una to all but which precious stone?

4. Maria and Una go out at night to see which unusual occurrence?

5. What is Starbuck's first name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. In chapter 133, Mary and Una try to recover from their grief. Describe at least one of the activities the group does to make themselves feel better.

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is used in many places throughout the book. Cite at least three examples of foreshadowing, their purpose and effectiveness. Where else might foreshadowing work in the story?

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