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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of whale are the men of the Pequod looking for?
(a) the albino whale.
(b) the duodecimo whale.
(c) the sperm whale.
(d) the octavo whale.

2. Why does the captain of a whale ship the Pequod meets at sea not want to board the Pequod?
(a) he is jealous of the Pequod's catch.
(b) he does not like Ahab.
(c) he never leaves his own ship.
(d) his crew is ill.

3. At the Try Pots Inn in Nantucket, what is the staple menu?
(a) bacon and eggs.
(b) fish and chips.
(c) ham and gravy.
(d) clam and cod chowder.

4. What does Ishmael decide to do about Queequeg?
(a) to convert him to Christianity.
(b) to keep his pistol loaded.
(c) to ask for another room.
(d) to become his friend.

5. How does Ishmael introduce the story of Moby Dick?
(a) in a dream he has about a white whale.
(b) with stories of the dangerous white whale.
(c) by suggesting the white whale is a myth.
(d) by Ahab's description of the white whale.

6. What is the major problem while the whale is tied to the side of the ship?
(a) changing the direction of the ship.
(b) keeping the sharks away.
(c) balancing the ship.
(d) keeping the ropes from breaking.

7. Although the other four strange men blend in with the crew, what does Ishmael observe about Fedallah?
(a) his reasons for being on the voyage remained a mystery.
(b) he stays apart because only Ahab understands his language.
(c) he seems to like only Queequeg.
(d) his ability as harpooner is questionable.

8. What story about a whale attack compares to the history of the Titanic?
(a) the ship was believed to be unsinkable.
(b) the ship struck an ice berg while chasing a whale.
(c) the ship was sunk on its maiden expedition.
(d) the whale looked like an ice berg.

9. What equipment left on board by Aunt Charity does Stubb throw overboard?
(a) a caddy for ginger water.
(b) a teapot.
(c) a barrel of lemonade.
(d) a still for making rum.

10. What purpose does the mad Elijah serve in the story?
(a) he explains how to get on board the Pequod.
(b) he prophecies disaster for the Pequod.
(c) he prophecies success for the Pequod.
(d) he adds comic relief to the story.

11. How does Queequeg manage to sign on with the Pequod after first being turned down?
(a) offering to work for less pay.
(b) demonstrating his skill with the harpoon.
(c) giving the owners shrunken heads.
(d) agreeing to convert to Christianity.

12. After the first whaling experience, what does Ishmael decide to do?
(a) resign and jump ship.
(b) pray every day more urgently.
(c) make out his will.
(d) lead a mutiny.

13. To what does Ishmael compare a painting done from observing a stranded whale?
(a) to a painting of a house from another culture.
(b) to a painting of a ship drawn from a shipwreck.
(c) to a painting of the moon.
(d) to a painting of a tiger seen in a cage.

14. To what does Ishmael compare the weaving of a mat?
(a) complications.
(b) life.
(c) whaling.
(d) map making.

15. Why does Ishmael advise against putting intellectual men on watch?
(a) they become easily bored.
(b) they analyze too much.
(c) they become engrossed in their own thoughts.
(d) they ask too many questions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the harpooner, Queequeg, out doing when Ishmael is shown to his room?

2. Which boat from the Pequod is the first to harpoon a whale?

3. What is the conversation like at breakfast in the Spouter Inn?

4. What is the encounter in the ocean that causes Ahab to come to the deck?

5. What is the subject matter of the sermon in the chapel?

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