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. Which one of the following is not included in the museum's exhibit of the Essex?

2. How much oil does Chase return with in 1836 on the Charles Carroll?

3. How does Pollard initially respond to the suggestion of drawing a lot in Chapter 11?

4. According to the Epilogue, what year is it when a sperm whale washes up on the beaches of Nantucket?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

3. What is Chase's initial opinion about staying on the island in Chapter 9?

4. What does Chase put in each boat before leaving Henderson Island and why?

5. Who attends the dinner on the night Pollard is rescued, and what does Pollard discuss with Aaron Paddack later that night?

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

7. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Captain Pollard's decision making abilities is the subject of Philbrick's criticism in the book.

1) Describe in detail three decisions that Pollard makes during the Essex's whaling trip as well as after it sinks and how those decisions are influenced.

2) Explain the role that Pollard's decisions have in the outcome of the trip and the survival of the crew.

3) Analyze Philbrick's position on Pollard's ability to make decisions and overrule his crew.

4) Compare the way Pollard handles a complaint from the crew with the other situations he must deal with.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the first two encounters with a whale that the crew of the Essex has, including a detailed description of the Nantucket sleigh ride. Also, provide an explanation of why this is a significant point in the story and what it indicates for the different members of the crew.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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