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 done when Joy dies?

2. Where do the men sleep during their first night on the island in Chapter 9?

3. Contrary to what the men think, what island are they actually on in Chapter 9?

4. Which direction is Chase's boat floating in Chapter 11?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

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

4. How does Cole die in Chapter 12?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the crew concerned about as it sees land in the beginning of Chapter 9?

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

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

Captain Pollard's decision making abilities is the subject of Philbrick's criticism in the book.

1) Describe in detail three decisions that Pollard makes during the Essex's whaling trip as well as after it sinks and how those decisions are influenced.

2) Explain the role that Pollard's decisions have in the outcome of the trip and the survival of the crew.

3) Analyze Philbrick's position on Pollard's ability to make decisions and overrule his crew.

4) Compare the way Pollard handles a complaint from the crew with the other situations he must deal with.

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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