In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Test | 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 crew hoping for as they enter the Offshore Grounds?

2. Where is the first whale spotted in Chapter 3?

3. How do the men on Pollard's boat respond to the whale's attack?

4. How far away are the Marquesas from where the crew is in Chapter 6?

5. As described in Chapter 1, what does the sighting of a comet indicate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unusual about the sperm whale that surfaces unexpectedly in Chapter 5?

3. What are some of the facts that Philbrick discloses about the sinking of the Essex in the Preface?

4. What are the first difficulties that the Essex experiences at the end of Chapter 2?

5. What does the Dauphin find in the Preface?

6. What modifications are made to the whale boats in the beginning of Chapter 6?

7. Why does the crew decide not to wait for another whale ship in the Offshore Ground?

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

9. How are the three whale boats divided and stocked for the trip at the end of Chapter 6?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the lives of Pollard and Chase, their experiences before and after sailing on the Essex, their leadership styles, and how they are remembered.

Essay Topic 2

Nature is a main element of the book and the Essex's voyage. Explain three examples of the effects that nature has on the story and the trip. Include an analysis of how the crew responds to nature and how their responses also have an effect on the book's themes.

Essay Topic 3

The whale's attack on the Essex is the turning point of the story and the ship's voyage.

1) Describe the behavior and actions of the whale when it is first sighted along with why they are considered strange.

2) Explain how the whale attacks the ship and the response of the crew members during the attack.

3) Discuss why Philbrick states in the Preface that the whale's attack on the Essex is only the beginning of the story.

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