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

2. After being separated from Hendricks' boat, how far from the coast of South America is Pollard?

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

4. Why does Joy request to be transferred to the captain's boat when he is close to dying?

5. Why is the arrival of Chase, Lawrence, and Nickerson in Nantucket unexpected in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens to Hendricks' boat?

10. How are Wright, Weeks, and Chappel rescued from Henderson Island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henderson Island is a key point in the crew's effort to make it to South America.

1) Explain what leads the crew to Henderson Island and why they are confused about the island's identity.

2) Describe the crew's time on the island and the important things that they discover there.

3) Analyze the decision made by three crew members to remain of the island in comparison to the decision made by the majority of the crew to leave.

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

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.

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