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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 type of exhibit is given to the Essex at the museum referenced in the Epilogue?
(a) Detailed.
(b) Big.
(c) Vague.
(d) Small.

2. On what night do Pollard's boat and Hendricks' boat become separated?
(a) January 29.
(b) February 2.
(c) February 1.
(d) January 28.

3. According to the Epilogue, what year is it when a sperm whale washes up on the beaches of Nantucket?
(a) 1979.
(b) 1897.
(c) 1879.
(d) 1997.

4. How long after the sinking of the Essex is Chase's account of the ordeal available as a book?
(a) Almost exactly two years.
(b) Less than six months.
(c) Less than a year.
(d) Almost exactly a year.

5. Which Chilean island is three hundred miles away from Chase's boat in Chapter 12?
(a) Easter Island.
(b) Juan Fernandez.
(c) Tierra del Fuego.
(d) Wollaston.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animals are used as food to help the crew stay alive in Chapter 9?

2. How common was cannibalism among sailors that are shipwrecked during the time the book takes place?

3. What do the men on Henderson Island think the gunshot is when it is fired in Chapter 13?

4. How do the other men try to locate Pollard's boat after it disappears?

5. How many people are waiting for Pollard as he returns to Nantucket on August 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the men resort to cannibalism in Chapter 11, and what is the irony of their situation?

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

3. How does Pollard's boat become separated from Hendricks' boat?

4. How does Chase choose the events to include in a book about the Essex?

5. What does Chase put in each boat before leaving Henderson Island and why?

6. What request does Joy have before dying in Chapter 10?

7. What happens to Chase at the end of his life?

8. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

9. What leads to the rescue of Chase's boat?

10. How do the men confuse the name of the island they have found in Chapter 9?

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