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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. Why does Ishmael linger on the Biblical story of Jonah?
(a) because he remembers sermons about Jonah.
(b) because some crewmen doubt the story.
(c) because it explains a lot about whales.
(d) because he does not believe the Biblical account.

2. Why is the captain of The Rachel appealing for help from the Pequod?
(a) his 12-year-old son is on the boat hauled away by Moby Dick.
(b) one of his crewmen has fallen overboard near Moby Dick.
(c) his ship is taking on water from Moby Dick's damage.
(d) he wants two ships to surround Moby Dick.

3. When Tashtego accidentally falls into the oil-filled head of the whale, who rescues him?
(a) Queequeg.
(b) Flask.
(c) Ishmael.
(d) Starbuck.

4. What is the second objection the Sag Harbor man has for the veracity of the story of Jonah?
(a) the throat of the whale could not swallow a man.
(b) there is no oxygen inside a whale's stomach.
(c) the gastric juices of the whale would have killed Jonah.
(d) the whale would bite and not swallow whole.

5. Where is the large hunting ground where the Pequod finds itself in the middle of a pod of sperm whales?
(a) near Jakarta.
(b) near Nantucket.
(c) near Capetown.
(d) near Japan.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ishmael say about why some captured whales float while others tend to sink?

2. What is the news from The Rachel as it nears the Pequod?

3. How is Ahab's mental condition best described by this point?

4. What makes Starbuck come and talk to Ahab.

5. What does Pip do when a whale is harpooned?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening to Queequeg's coffin?

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

3. What conundrum does Ishmael pose about the whale's biological system?

4. Relate the sad story of Pip.

5. What is the change in the crew as they head out in search of Moby Dick?

6. Why does Ahab order a basket to take him to the top of one of the masts?

7. What is the ominous message from the whaling ship Delight?

8. What is so interesting about the perceptions of the Spanish doubloon nailed to the mast?

9. What is foreshadowed by a dream on Ahab's whaling boat?

10. Describe Ishmael's arguments against the man who doubts the Bible.

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