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 night do Pollard's boat and Hendricks' boat become separated?

2. On December 13, how many nautical miles do the men think they are away from reaching the light variable winds they need?

3. Contrary to what the men think, what island are they actually on in Chapter 9?

4. How long does the northwesterly breeze hold for before switching to the east-northeast in Chapter 10?

5. In which region of Chile are Chase, Nickerson, and Lawrence on February 25?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Hendricks' boat?

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

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

5. How does Chase choose the events to include in a book about the Essex?

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

7. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

8. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

10. How does Pollard's whaling career end, and how is he remembered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Whaling Museum features an exhibit for the Essex. Discuss how the sinking of the Essex is initially regarded by the town, the reasons why, and the way that the ship is now remembered. In addition, provide an analysis of how the sperm whales have changed as a result of the whaling that took place during the nineteenth century.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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