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. After realizing they are too far south to reach Easter Island, how far away is the next group of islands?

2. Where is the Pearl headed with Pollard on board two months after the accident at the French Frigate Shoals?

3. How long does Joy spend on the captain's boat before returning to his own boat and dying?

4. How many days after leaving the sunken Essex is Chase's boat rescued by the Indian?

5. What do the men use in Chapter 10 to figure out their longitude?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What discovery do the men in Chase's boat make while trying to combat the heat?

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

4. What request does Joy have before dying in Chapter 10?

5. How does Lawrence repair the leak in Chase's boat?

6. What is the difference in the way Pollard and Chase are received when they return to Nantucket?

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

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

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

10. How does Chase prevent the crew from stealing food in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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