Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
* The Preface introduces the reasons for whaling in 1821 and the island community of Nantucket.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* Two men in a small boat are found by the crew of the Dauphin, and it is reported that only eight men have survived a terrible tragedy.
Chapter 2 Abstract
* Nantucket's background is given along with a description of...
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