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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
Chronicle the island town of Nantucket from the nineteenth century to the time that the book was written. Provide an explanation of what the town was like when the Essex set sail and the effects that whaling had on the community. Then, describe how and why Nantucket has changed throughout the years and its present state.
Essay Topic 2
In the Preface, a general background of whaling is provided by Philbrick.
1) Describe the purpose of the Preface and the literary reasons for the information it includes.
2) Explain why sailors from Nantucket hunted whales and how the whales are typically killed.
3) Analyze the sperm whales as they are presented in the Preface along with why they are specifically targeted by whalers.
Essay Topic 3
Foreshadowing is a major part of the first half of the book. Provide an analysis of three examples of foreshadowing, when they occur, and the events that they are signaling.
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