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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Ahab's response to the call for help?
(a) he disbelieves the captain of The Rachel.
(b) he ignores the plea and sets out to find Moby Dick.
(c) he fires on The Rachel and runs away.
(d) he agrees to join in the search for the missing boat.

2. How is Ahab's mental condition best described by this point?
(a) finally sane.
(b) cheerful with expectation.
(c) truly morbid.
(d) much more optimistic.

3. What is the next whaling ship the Pequod meets during the search for Moby Dick?
(a) The Bounty.
(b) The Barbara Ellen.
(c) The Nantucket.
(d) The Delight.

4. To what complaint does Ahab admit?
(a) mental instability at times.
(b) never being able to sleep.
(c) phantom pain from his missing leg.
(d) the fear of losing both legs.

5. What happens to the harpoon especially made for Moby Dick?
(a) it smashes into the captain's cabin.
(b) it catches on fire in ahab's boat.
(c) it is tossed overboard during the storm.
(d) it is lost when Ahab's boat breaks apart.

6. How did the watch on the mast of The Rachel know that Moby Dick had probably been harpooned.
(a) he thought he could see it happen.
(b) he saw the boat being pulled away.
(c) he saw the White Whale attack the boat.
(d) it happened right near The Rachel.

7. Besides the whales in the oceans, what else does Ishmael include in his discussion?
(a) fossil remains of whales from centuries ago.
(b) the comparison of whales to dolphins.
(c) the comparison of whales to elephants.
(d) the collected myths about whales.

8. What has the need for revenge done to Ahab's heart?
(a) it has softened because of tragedy.
(b) it has doubled over the missing boy.
(c) it has turned cold and unfeeling.
(d) it has weakened after three years at sea.

9. What is the effect of Ahab's distraction on Starbuck?
(a) he continues to state his case.
(b) he hopes for the best.
(c) he walks sadly away.
(d) he shoves Ahab overboard.

10. What foreshadows what is likely to happen to Ahab and Fedallah?
(a) a dream Fedallah has while on Ahab's boat.
(b) a story Ahab remembers about Moby Dick.
(c) a story Fedallah tells while on Ahab's boat.
(d) a dream Ahab has while waiting out the night.

11. What does Ahab do in an excited state after visiting the Samuel Enderby?
(a) passes out rum to the crew.
(b) twists and damages his ivory peg leg.
(c) dances a jig on the Pequod.
(d) goes to his cabin to sulk.

12. 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.

13. What is the change in Stubb?
(a) he no longer jokes and laughs.
(b) he becomes more of a clown.
(c) he walks with a faster pace.
(d) he becomes a cheerleader for the crew.

14. What does Ishmael conclude about whales' olfactory and vocal systems?
(a) they cannot smell but they communicate with each other.
(b) they use smell to find food and sing to tell other whales.
(c) they have a keen sense of smell for communication.
(d) they can neither smell nor communicate.

15. What does Fedallah's dream depict about hearses?
(a) Ahab will ride in a wooden hearse.
(b) Ahab will never ride in a hearse.
(c) Ahab will be saved by a hearse.
(d) Ahab will see one not made with human hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what does the Pequod escape at sea?

2. What is the mood on the Pequod?

3. What does Ahab order the Pequod to do in violation of maritime tradition?

4. Why does Pip join on one of the whaling boats?

5. What is the carpenter doing when Ahab ascends to deck the next morning?

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