In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Test | Final 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. On what day does Pollard reach St. Mary's Island?

2. After being separated from Hendricks' boat, how far from the coast of South America is Pollard?

3. What does Chase do as Nickerson and Lawrence prepare to bury Cole?

4. Why is the arrival of Chase, Lawrence, and Nickerson in Nantucket unexpected in Chapter 13?

5. What does the crew on Chase's boat choose to do in order to deal with the unbearable heat in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

3. What happens to Hendricks' boat?

4. What happens at the end of Chapter 11 when lots are drawn in Pollard's boat?

5. How does Chase's boat deal with a shark attack?

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

7. What difficulties is Chase's boat having in Chapter 11?

8. What is the crew concerned about as it sees land in the beginning of Chapter 9?

9. How do the boats get separated in Chapter 10?

10. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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 3

Philbrick depicts the irony of the crew's situation when they resort to what they were initially trying to avoid.

1) Explain the events that cause the crew to resort to cannibalism.

2) Describe the way murder is considered in Pollard's boat and the results of the lots that are drawn.

3) Analyze the irony of the crew's options and their reasons for sailing towards South America.

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