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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the subject matter of the sermon in the chapel?
(a) Balam and the ass.
(b) Jonah and the whale.
(c) the creation of sea creatures.
(d) preparing for death.

2. Who are Peleg and Bildad?
(a) outfitters of the Pequod.
(b) crewmen on the Pequod.
(c) part owners of the Pequod.
(d) builders of the Pequod.

3. What does Ishmael say whale ship crew members often do with the bones of whales?
(a) make ivory prostheses for men like Ahab.
(b) make stays for corsets.
(c) carve animals.
(d) throw them overboard.

4. Why does the rumor start that Moby Dick is stalking the Pequod?
(a) something keeps bumping the Pequod.
(b) no large fish are spotted near the Pequod.
(c) a whale spout is seen only once every afternoon.
(d) a whale spout is seen at night every so often.

5. Which ship does Ishmael select for him and Queequeg to sign on?
(a) the Pequod.
(b) the Tit-bit.
(c) the Devil-dam.
(d) the Titanic.

6. What type of whale is Moby Dick, the whale they are searching for?
(a) a folio whale.
(b) an octavo whale.
(c) a duodecimo whale.
(d) a Greenland whale.

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

8. What part of the whale is the most valuable to the whalers?
(a) the skin.
(b) the ivory teeth and bones.
(c) the head and tail.
(d) the blubber.

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

10. What strange thing does Ahab do looking at the head of the captured whale?
(a) he watches it all night long.
(b) he curses it.
(c) he speaks to it.
(d) he drives a harpoon through it.

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

12. What does Ishmael say is the saddest thing about any man, no matter how bad he is?
(a) a man who thinks he knows everything.
(b) a man who has lost his valor.
(c) a man who disobeys orders.
(d) a man who kills for sport.

13. How does Ishmael foreshadow Starbuck's behavior throughout the novel?
(a) He changes into a madman.
(b) He loses all his moral values and tries to kill Ahab.
(c) He remains the valiant and moral person he first appears to be.
(d) He becomes fearful and mutinous.

14. 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 never leaves his own ship.
(c) his crew is ill.
(d) he does not like Ahab.

15. What is the man called who stands on deck and holds the rope that secures Queequeg?
(a) the door post.
(b) the anchor.
(c) the cowboy.
(d) the monkey.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Peleg and Bildad do once the Pequod is in the Atlantic Ocean?

2. At the Try Pots Inn in Nantucket, what is the staple menu?

3. To what does Ishmael attribute the hieroglyphic-like markings on the whale skin?

4. What has Ahab's vengeance done to him?

5. What do Ishmael and Stubb discuss about captains and whaling?

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