In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where is the first whale spotted in Chapter 3?
(a) After Buenos Aires.
(b) Just before Rio De Janeiro.
(c) At Buenos Aires.
(d) Halfway between Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

4. According to the Preface, what is the primary reason for whale hunting?
(a) Sport.
(b) Food.
(c) Clothing.
(d) Oil.

5. How long does the northwesterly breeze hold for before switching to the east-northeast in Chapter 10?
(a) Four days.
(b) One day.
(c) Two days.
(d) Three days.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose boat had the least amount of people in it as the crew divides for its trip in Chapter 6?

2. How long does the average hunt for a sperm whale take?

3. Why does Chase hesitate to attack the giant whale when it resurfaces on the starboard after the collision?

4. Who persuades Pollard to sail to Chile or Peru instead of the Society Islands?

5. What is causing the thirst of the men on Chase's boat to become even worse in Chapter 7?

(see the answer key)

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