Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 Topic 1
Philbrick chooses to begin the story with the Dauphin's rescue of Pollard's boat. Use the book as a reference to discuss the reasons why he selects this particular event as the starting point. Also, include a description of the rescue and an analysis of the other facts about the upcoming tragedy that Philbrick discloses in the Preface.
Essay Topic 2
After the crew kills its first whale, Philbrick takes the reader step by step through the process of "trying out" a whale.
1) Explain the procedure for gutting a whale, retrieving oil, and which parts are used.
2) Describe how oil and other products are made from the insides of a whale.
3) Analyze the techniques that Philbrick uses in describing the process and the reasons for them.
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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