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. What animals are used as food to help the crew stay alive in Chapter 9?

2. What direction do the winds blow from in the trades for seventy percent of the year?

3. How long does Pollard wait before being taken home on the Two Brothers?

4. What year is it when Chapter 12 begins?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

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

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

8. Why do the men resort to cannibalism in Chapter 11, and what is the irony of their situation?

9. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

10. What discovery do the men in Chase's boat make while trying to combat the heat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The whale's attack on the Essex is the turning point of the story and the ship's voyage.

1) Describe the behavior and actions of the whale when it is first sighted along with why they are considered strange.

2) Explain how the whale attacks the ship and the response of the crew members during the attack.

3) Discuss why Philbrick states in the Preface that the whale's attack on the Essex is only the beginning of the story.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze three possible theories about why the whale might have attacked the Essex. Use the book to reference the sources of these theories and the reasons behind them. Also, explain which one you think is the most logical and why.

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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