In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is not included in the list of supplies that are loaded onto the Essex as it prepares for the journey in Chapter 1?
(a) Food.
(b) Firewood.
(c) Freshwater.
(d) Rifles.

2. How many whale boats does the crew of the Essex lose after the first encounter with two whales in Chapter 3?
(a) None.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

3. Which of the following is not taken by the crew as the Essex sinks in Chapter 5?
(a) Pistols.
(b) Fish.
(c) Freshwater.
(d) Tools.

4. How far away in sailing distance from the Essex is the Offshore Ground in Chapter 7?
(a) Two days.
(b) Three days.
(c) Four days.
(d) Five days.

5. When does the loading of the Essex begin?
(a) August 5.
(b) August 15.
(c) July 15.
(d) July 5.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did English settlers begin arriving in Nantucket?

2. What causes Chase's boat to get a hole in it as they approach another whale on November 20?

3. When is Pollard's boat sighted again in Chapter 8?

4. How is the whale towed back to the ship after it is killed in Chapter 3?

5. What happens when Chase's boat attempts to approach a whale on November 16?

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