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 Pollard initially respond to the suggestion of drawing a lot in Chapter 11?

2. What is the first concern that the men have about the island they find?

3. What does Chase do as Nickerson and Lawrence prepare to bury Cole?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

4. How has has the town of Nantucket changed since the nineteenth century?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle the island town of Nantucket from the nineteenth century to the time that the book was written. Provide an explanation of what the town was like when the Essex set sail and the effects that whaling had on the community. Then, describe how and why Nantucket has changed throughout the years and its present state.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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