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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 time of the day do the men observe the latitude of their trip in Chapter 10?
2. How long is it after avoiding the Society Islands in fear of cannibalism that the crew resorts to it for survival?
3. How much money does each member of the Constellation give to the recovery of Chase, Nickerson, and Lawrence?
4. When does Cole die?
5. Which direction is Chase's boat floating in Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Chase's initial opinion about staying on the island in Chapter 9?
2. How does Chase choose the events to include in a book about the Essex?
3. How do the boats get separated in Chapter 10?
4. How does Chase prevent the crew from stealing food in Chapter 8?
5. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?
6. How does Pollard's boat become separated from Hendricks' boat?
7. What difficulties is Chase's boat having in Chapter 11?
8. What is the crew concerned about as it sees land in the beginning of Chapter 9?
9. How does Chase's boat deal with a shark attack?
10. What idea does Pollard have for sailing out of the calm winds in Chapter 8?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Nature is a main element of the book and the Essex's voyage. Explain three examples of the effects that nature has on the story and the trip. Include an analysis of how the crew responds to nature and how their responses also have an effect on the book's themes.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the first two encounters with a whale that the crew of the Essex has, including a detailed description of the Nantucket sleigh ride. Also, provide an explanation of why this is a significant point in the story and what it indicates for the different members of the crew.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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