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. Which one of the following is not something that Chase does in order to guard the provisions?

2. How much evidence of favoritism is there by the Nantucketers in ensuring their survival?

3. Whose ideas is it to repair the bottom of the boat by holding a hatchet against the plank from underwater?

4. What time is it on February 18 when Lawrence spots a sail?

5. What has Pollard's Nantucket house become in modern times?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the exhibit for the Essex at the Whaling Museum feature?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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