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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. How does Queequeg manage to sign on with the Pequod after first being turned down?
(a) offering to work for less pay.
(b) agreeing to convert to Christianity.
(c) giving the owners shrunken heads.
(d) demonstrating his skill with the harpoon.

2. What is the major problem while the whale is tied to the side of the ship?
(a) keeping the ropes from breaking.
(b) changing the direction of the ship.
(c) keeping the sharks away.
(d) balancing the ship.

3. What story about a whale attack compares to the history of the Titanic?
(a) the ship was believed to be unsinkable.
(b) the ship struck an ice berg while chasing a whale.
(c) the ship was sunk on its maiden expedition.
(d) the whale looked like an ice berg.

4. What startles the crew as they prepare to go after a whale?
(a) five men they had not seen before.
(b) Captain Ahab without his ivory peg leg.
(c) a hole in the bottom of each whale boat.
(d) whales completely surrounding the ship.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the encounter in the ocean that causes Ahab to come to the deck?

2. Why does Elijah challenge Ishmael to find the men he saw heading for the Pequod?

3. What do the plaques in the whaler's chapel remind Ishmael of?

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

5. What strange thing does Ahab do looking at the head of the captured whale?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ahab do to disturb the crew during the night?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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