In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nathaniel Philbrick
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing that the captain and crew of the Dauphin notice when they see the smaller boat?

2. When does the Essex sail towards the Galapagos Islands in Chapter 4?

3. How are sailors paid?

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

5. Which one of the Galapagos Islands is the crew of the Essex on when they discover a leak in the ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Chase's initial opinion about staying on the island in Chapter 9?

4. How is the Essex attacked by the whale and what happens to the ship as a result?

5. What happens when the Essex meets the Aurora?

6. How does the crew initially respond to the sinking of the Essex?

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

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

9. What does the exhibit for the Essex at the Whaling Museum feature?

10. How is the Essex described in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the way that Philbrick conveys the desperation of the men as they get farther away from the sunken ship. Provide multiple examples of how he uses literature in order to emphasize the severity of their situation and their inclination to surrender. Also, analyze the way that Philbrick simultaneously engages the reader along the way with signs of hope and optimism.

Essay Topic 2

Upon their return to Nantucket, Pollard, Chase, and Nickerson decide to give their accounts of the tragedy.

1) Analyze all three accounts, including the similarities and differences between them.

2) Compare the facts of the trip that Philbrick provides in the book with Chase's version.

3) Describe Pollard's response to the existing stories and how his version is received.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss three setbacks that the crew of the Essex face while attempting to sail towards South America after the ship sinks. Include an analysis of the effects that the setbacks have on the crew's plan, how the crew chooses to approach them, and the actions that they take as a result.

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