Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Chapters 1-2 | Chapters 3-4
1. Explain why Ishmael decides to book himself on a whaling ship.
2. How does Ishmael happen to share a bed with a tattooed headhunter?
Short Essay Question - Chapters 5-6 | Chapters 7-9
3. Why does Ishmael soon lose his astonishment over Queequeg in New Bedford?
4. Describe the appropriate text Father Maple uses in his sermon to the whalers in New Bedford.
Short Essay Question - Chapters 10-12 | Chapters 13-14
5. Explain the startling thing that Ishmael learns about his friend, Queequeg.
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