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. Why is it difficult for the men to row in Chapter 8?

2. What happens to Chase before he dies?

3. What type of rock produces a spring for the men on December 22?

4. How many men choose to stay on the island at the end of Chapter 9?

5. When is land finally spotted at the end of Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

3. Why does the crew decide to leave Henderson Island? Who chooses to stay?

4. How do the men confuse the name of the island they have found in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Philbrick chooses to begin the story with the Dauphin's rescue of Pollard's boat. Use the book as a reference to discuss the reasons why he selects this particular event as the starting point. Also, include a description of the rescue and an analysis of the other facts about the upcoming tragedy that Philbrick discloses in the Preface.

Essay Topic 3

Before the Essex leaves Nantucket, a detailed account of its age, history, and condition is provided.

1) Explain the modifications and repairs that are done to the Essex before it leaves.

2) Describe the history of the ship, including its background, condition, and why it is considered to be lucky.

3) Analyze the connections between the condition of the Essex and its sinking.

4) Analyze Philbrick's style of writing in delivering the information about the Essex.

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