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. How does Aaron Paddack respond to Pollard's story as Chapter 12 ends?

2. On what day does Pollard reach St. Mary's Island?

3. Due to starvation and lack of clothes, what illness are the men vulnerable to in the cold rain?

4. When do the men attempt to row out of the winds in Chapter 8?

5. When is Pollard's boat sighted again in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What idea does Pollard have for sailing out of the calm winds in Chapter 8?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss three setbacks that the crew of the Essex face while attempting to sail towards South America after the ship sinks. Include an analysis of the effects that the setbacks have on the crew's plan, how the crew chooses to approach them, and the actions that they take as a result.

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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