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 has Pollard's Nantucket house become in modern times?

2. What type of rock produces a spring for the men on December 22?

3. Which New Bedford whaling ship is Herman Melville on when he meets Chase's son?

4. How long is it after avoiding the Society Islands in fear of cannibalism that the crew resorts to it for survival?

5. When is Pollard's boat sighted again in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Pollard's boat rescued?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is a major part of the first half of the book. Provide an analysis of three examples of foreshadowing, when they occur, and the events that they are signaling.

Essay Topic 2

Philbrick depicts the irony of the crew's situation when they resort to what they were initially trying to avoid.

1) Explain the events that cause the crew to resort to cannibalism.

2) Describe the way murder is considered in Pollard's boat and the results of the lots that are drawn.

3) Analyze the irony of the crew's options and their reasons for sailing towards South America.

Essay Topic 3

The Whaling Museum features an exhibit for the Essex. Discuss how the sinking of the Essex is initially regarded by the town, the reasons why, and the way that the ship is now remembered. In addition, provide an analysis of how the sperm whales have changed as a result of the whaling that took place during the nineteenth century.

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