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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 happens to Radney during a whale chase?
(a) he is murdered by Steelkilt.
(b) he is thrown overboard.
(c) he is promoted to harpooner.
(d) he is eaten by the whale.

2. What early shipboard duty does Ishmael describe?
(a) his work in the galley.
(b) his time in the whaling boats.
(c) his experience in swabbing the deck.
(d) his first experience serving watch.

3. What accommodation is available for Ishmael at the inn in New Bedford?
(a) a bunk in a communal room.
(b) a closet.
(c) a bench in the dining room.
(d) a shared room with a harpooner.

4. What does Ahab question the men about?
(a) their procedure when they spot a whale.
(b) their experience in whaling.
(c) their willingness to sail for three years.
(d) their families back home.

5. What do the plaques in the whaler's chapel remind Ishmael of?
(a) the time away from land.
(b) the marks of distinction.
(c) the dangers of the sea.
(d) the heroism of whaling.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ishmael introduce the story of Moby Dick?

2. What happens to the two men who turn on Steelkilt and come out of the locked scuttle?

3. To what does Ishmael compare a painting done from observing a stranded whale?

4. How does Ishmael digress after the first whales are spotted?

5. What is Queequeg's amusing story about the ship captain attending a wedding in his father's court?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ishmael happen to share a bed with a tattooed headhunter?

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

3. Explain why Ishmael decides to book himself on a whaling ship.

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

5. What is the function of Charity, Bildad's sister, in the preparations for the Pequod's journey?

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

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

8. What ominous encounter do Ishmael and Queequeg have after they have signed onto the Pequod?

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

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

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