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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. What Ecuadorian city does the Essex stop at during September in Chapter 4?
(a) Atacames.
(b) Quito.
(c) Esmeraldas.
(d) Chevele.

2. How long are the shifts that each man serves on watching the decks during the evenings in Chapter 2?
(a) Eight hours.
(b) Six hours.
(c) Two hours.
(d) Four hours.

3. How long does it take the whale to revive after the collision before preparing to ram the boat again?
(a) Five minutes.
(b) One minute.
(c) Three minutes.
(d) Less than a minute.

4. What shape are the sails of the Essex?
(a) Circular.
(b) Square shaped.
(c) Rectangular.
(d) Triangular.

5. Who persuades Pollard to sail to Chile or Peru instead of the Society Islands?
(a) Only Joy.
(b) Only Chase.
(c) Chase and Joy.
(d) No one.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long do the officers think it will take the crew to reach either Chile or Peru?

2. After stopping at the Cape Verde Islands in Chapter 3, how many spare whale boats does the Essex now have?

3. What does the Aurora bring for the crew of the Essex?

4. What month is it when the island of St. Mary's is sighted off the coast of Chile in Chapter 4?

5. When did ships from Nantucket first start rounding Cape Horn?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the crew decide to leave Henderson Island? Who chooses to stay?

2. What does the Dauphin find in the Preface?

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

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

5. How has has the town of Nantucket changed since the nineteenth century?

6. How does Chase's boat deal with a shark attack?

7. What events take place on Hood Island at the end of Chapter 4?

8. What well known island is part of the Society Islands and why should the crew have been aware of it?

9. What idea does Pollard have for sailing out of the calm winds in Chapter 8?

10. How does Pollard's whaling career end, and how is he remembered?

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