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

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

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

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

5. What equipment does Ishmael discuss including their descriptions and uses?
(a) ropes.
(b) oars.
(c) sails.
(d) harpoons.

Short Answer Questions

1. What startles the crew as they prepare to go after a whale?

2. What does Ishmael say is the saddest thing about any man, no matter how bad he is?

3. What is the theme of MOBY DICK?

4. How do Ishmael and Queequeg transport their baggage to the boat bound for Nantucket?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the surprise the men of the Pequod get when they spot their first whale and begin to lower the boats?

2. Detail the problems of holding a whale overnight tied to the side of the ship.

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

4. At what point does Ishmael go into a discussion about whales in general.

5. What is the amusing account of Queequeg and the wheelbarrow?

6. How does the first day of whaling affect Ishmael?

7. Explain the function of the "monkey" on board a whaling ship.

8. Describe how Ishmael becomes uneasy about Captain Ahab.

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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