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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the men do for entertainment on board the Pequod?
(a) sing and dance.
(b) gamble.
(c) play cards.
(d) tell sea tales.

2. What is the speculation about Ahab's knowledge of the stowaways?
(a) that he knows why they are there.
(b) that he will have them thrown overboard.
(c) that he is aware of them.
(d) that he is playing a game with them.

3. Which boat from the Pequod is the first to harpoon a whale?
(a) Flask's.
(b) Stubb's.
(c) Ahab's.
(d) Starbuck's.

4. What do Peleg and Bildad do once the Pequod is in the Atlantic Ocean?
(a) go wake up Captain Ahab.
(b) return to shore in a small boat.
(c) leave the Pequod on a raft.
(d) jump overboard and swim to shore.

5. What is the conversation like at breakfast in the Spouter Inn?
(a) chatty.
(b) boisterous.
(c) polite.
(d) silence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ishmael advise against putting intellectual men on watch?

2. What unusual thing does Queequeg do while putting on his boots?

3. What does Ahab question the men about?

4. How does Queequeg manage to sign on with the Pequod after first being turned down?

5. What is Ahab aware of while he stands on the deck of the Pequod?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ishmael think about paintings and drawings of whales?

2. What does Ahab want from the first whaling ship they meet in the ocean?

3. Explain the startling thing that Ishmael learns about his friend, Queequeg.

4. Describe the curious rumor about other fish and Moby Dick.

5. Describe the behavior of the mates dining in the captain's cabin as they torment the cook who serves their meal.

6. Explain the importance of Chapters 45 and 46 in understanding the enemy Captain Ahab is up against.

7. Under what circumstances do Peleg and Bildad leave the Pequod?

8. How does Queequeg determine which of them will select the whaling ship they take for their whaling adventure?

9. Why does Ishmael soon lose his astonishment over Queequeg in New Bedford?

10. How does Ahab express his mission on this trip of the Pequod?

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