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 the name of Frannie's little brother?

2. Who marries Starbuck?

3. The story jumps ahead by how many years?

4. Una has taken up which occupation?

5. What item did Bertha make for Una's baby?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Discuss the scene in which Ahab returns home.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Robben Avalon's sculptures serve as a symbol of his models. Una is thrilled when Robben gives one of his statues to Ishmael. Una hopes that the statue will remind Ishmael of her if they were never to meet again. Robben also chose various people to act as his models. Discuss Robben's work, its symbolism, and how it is used to bring characters together.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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