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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ahab become more irritated as the Pequod sails in the Pacific Ocean?
(a) he believes the crew are not watchful enough.
(b) he knows Moby Dick is swimming in the same ocean.
(c) he begins having strange dreams about Moby Dick.
(d) he thinks Moby Dick has returned to the Indian ocean.

2. How does Stubb regain a dead whale from a French whaling boat?
(a) by using humor and intelligence.
(b) by playing poker.
(c) by stealing the dead whale at night.
(d) by threatening to blow up their boat.

3. Why does the crew on the ship see Stubb's and Flask's boats coming fast toward them?
(a) they are running from Moby Dick.
(b) they are being chased by pirates.
(c) they are being pulled by a harpooned whale.
(d) they are caught in a rip tide.

4. What had one of the boats from The Rachel accomplished?
(a) they harpooned Moby Dick.
(b) they spied Moby Dick.
(c) they escaped Moby Dick.
(d) they got all around Moby Dick.

5. Why does Ahab order a basket to take him to the top of one of the masts?
(a) he doubts if the crew would tell him if they spotted Moby Dick.
(b) he hopes Moby Dick can smell him and attack the ship.
(c) he wants Moby Dick to spot him easily.
(d) he wants to be the first one to see the huge whale.

6. What happens to Queequeg while he helps locate the oil leak?
(a) he gets into a fight with Tashtego.
(b) he falls into a cask of sperm whale oil.
(c) he slips on the oil and cracks open his head.
(d) he becomes ill and almost dies.

7. What does Stubb get from the dead whale?
(a) the bones in the mouth.
(b) the tail fins.
(c) the skull and teeth.
(d) a substance known as Ambergis.

8. Which of the characters keep watch on both the crew and the ocean?
(a) Ishmael and Queequeg.
(b) Ahab and Fedallah.
(c) Pip and Starbuck.
(d) Starbuck and Stubb.

9. What do passing sailors say about the white whale?
(a) they do not believe it exists.
(b) they think it has returned to the Indian Ocean.
(c) they heard it was caught and killed.
(d) they spotted it yesterday.

10. What does Ahab contemplate concerning the man who carves his peg leg and builds coffins?
(a) the versatility of sailors.
(b) the time they have been away from Nantucket.
(c) the unimportance of carpenters on a ship.
(d) the idea of life and death.

11. What is the news from The Rachel as it nears the Pequod?
(a) Moby dick has been killed.
(b) they have seen Moby Dick.
(c) they are overloaded with oil.
(d) they are fleeing pirates.

12. What does Queequeg see in the Spanish doubloon?
(a) the price of a bride.
(b) a pair of gold earrings.
(c) nothing of any value.
(d) something to decorate his pipe.

13. From what does the Pequod escape at sea?
(a) Japanese gun boats.
(b) a giant squid.
(c) an ocean whirlpool.
(d) Malay pirates.

14. When Pip is finally rescued after jumping the second time from the boat, what is his condition?
(a) he has lost the ability to speak.
(b) his skin and hair has turned white.
(c) he has gone insane.
(d) he has lost all his clothes.

15. Why does Pip join on one of the whaling boats?
(a) because he was sleeping in the boat.
(b) because one of the crew is injured.
(c) because he begs to go along.
(d) because he angered Captain ahab.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ahab die?

2. What is Ahab thinking about as he looks out to sea?

3. What makes Starbuck come and talk to Ahab.

4. What does Ishmael conclude about whales' olfactory and vocal systems?

5. What happens on this first encounter with Moby Dick?

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