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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 kind of whale is the largest of the whales?
(a) A sperm whale
(b) A hunchback whale
(c) A greenland whale
(d) A blue whale

2. What is the encounter in the ocean that causes Ahab to come to the deck?
(a) they hear strange musical sounds in the ocean.
(b) they meet another whaling ship.
(c) they are chased by pirates.
(d) they see a huge pod of whales.

3. Where does Ishmael's story about a sea monster take place?
(a) The Indian Sea
(b) The Dead Sea
(c) Loch Ness
(d) Constantinople

4. What does the captain say Moby Dick is an incarnation of?
(a) George Washington
(b) Attila the Hun
(c) Julius Caesar
(d) A Shaker God

5. What kind of sea creatures eat the dead whale?
(a) Other whales
(b) Tuna fish
(c) Sword fish
(d) Sharks

Short Answer Questions

1. What insane crew member of the Jeroboam claims to be the Angel Gabriel?

2. Who is the second mate on board the Pequod?

3. After the whale is captured, what is the next step?

4. Who is Charity and what is her function regarding the Pequod?

5. Which of the following best describes Moby Dick?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Tashtego accidentally falls into the oil-filled head of the whale?

2. Describe breakfast in Chapter 5.

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

4. Explain two instances that Starbuck interprets as signs that God does not support Ahab's revenge on Moby Dick.

5. What comparison does Ishmael make to a person's soul in Chapter 23?

6. What is Charity's job aboard the ship?

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

8. How does Ahab react to being aboard the Bachelor?

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

10. What problems does the captured whale cause the crew in this section?

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