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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. Days into the journey, what makes Ishmael uneasy?
(a) He has started to have seasickness.
(b) He never sees Queequeg again.
(c) He decides he has made a mistake.
(d) He has not yet seen the captain.

2. Which harpooner is chosen by Starbuck?
(a) Ishmael.
(b) Queequeg.
(c) Tashtego.
(d) Daggoo.

3. Although the other four strange men blend in with the crew, what does Ishmael observe about Fedallah?
(a) he stays apart because only Ahab understands his language.
(b) his ability as harpooner is questionable.
(c) he seems to like only Queequeg.
(d) his reasons for being on the voyage remained a mystery.

4. What is Ahab aware of while he stands on the deck of the Pequod?
(a) exactly where all the holes are made for his peg leg.
(b) all eyes look to see lest he fall or hold onto anything to steady himself.
(c) all the crew are fearful of him.
(d) all the crew thinks he has lost his mind.

5. At the Try Pots Inn in Nantucket, what is the staple menu?
(a) clam and cod chowder.
(b) bacon and eggs.
(c) ham and gravy.
(d) fish and chips.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ishmael's profession before signing on the whaling ship?

2. What do Ishmael and Stubb discuss about captains and whaling?

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

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

5. What accommodation is available for Ishmael at the inn in New Bedford?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Starbuck and Stubb react to Ahab's stated mission?

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

4. Explain the mistaken identity that causes Ahab to order lowering of the boats.

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

6. What potential serious problem does Ahab ignore in order to talk to the captain of another whaling ship?

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

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

9. How does Ishmael inform the reader about the process of whale hunting?

10. What behavior of whales works to the advantage of whaling ships looking for them?

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