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Nathaniel Philbrick
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose idea is it to stop keeping track of the longitude in Chapter 7?
(a) Joy.
(b) Pollard.
(c) Nickerson.
(d) Chase.

2. When does the Essex sail towards the Galapagos Islands in Chapter 4?
(a) September 22.
(b) October 22.
(c) October 2.
(d) September 12.

3. Which provisions does the crew of the Essex plan to purchase at the Azores?
(a) Vegetables, livestock, and weapons.
(b) Vegetables and livestock.
(c) Vegetables and weapons.
(d) Livestock and weapons.

4. How do Pollard and Chase react to the way the men take the Essex out to sea?
(a) They are embarrassed.
(b) They are amused.
(c) They are proud.
(d) They are angry.

5. 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) Rifles.
(d) Freshwater.

Short Answer Questions

1. What surprises Nickerson about Chase while they are on the sea?

2. In what year does the story take place in?

3. How is Pollard informed to set sail?

4. In 1810, how many women over the age of twenty- three are widowed?

5. What shape are the sails of the Essex?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the process for "trying out" a whale?

2. What are some of the facts that Philbrick discloses about the sinking of the Essex in the Preface?

3. What troubles is the Essex having at Cape Horn and off the coast of Chile?

4. What happens when the Essex meets the Aurora?

5. How successful is the Essex off the coast of Peru?

6. How does the crew of the Essex decide to sail towards South America instead of the Society Islands?

7. How are the three whale boats divided and stocked for the trip at the end of Chapter 6?

8. As explained in Chapter 2, what route does a Nantucket whale ship normally take?

9. What happens when the Essex tries to leave Nantucket?

10. What setbacks are the three boats having as they approach the Society Islands at the end of Chapter 7?

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