Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. To what does Ishmael attribute the hieroglyphic-like markings on the whale skin?
2. How does Ishmael recognize newcomers to whaling on the streets of New Bedford?
3. What does Charity bring for the crew of the ship?
4. Why does Elijah challenge Ishmael to find the men he saw heading for the Pequod?
5. What do Queequeg and Ishmael do before they sleep?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the importance of Chapters 45 and 46 in understanding the enemy Captain Ahab is up against.
2. Describe the curious rumor about other fish and Moby Dick.
3. Why does Ishmael soon lose his astonishment over Queequeg in New Bedford?
4. How does Ahab react to the news that the captain lost his son in Chapter 128?
5. Why does Ahab change his attitude toward the leaking casks of whale oil?
6. What is happening to Queequeg's coffin?
7. Describe Fedallah's dream in this section.
8. What behavior of whales works to the advantage of whaling ships looking for them?
9. What do Queequeg and Ismael exchange with each other when they become friends?
10. Why does the encounter with the Bachelor irritate Ahab?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on understanding other cultures. Begin with Ishmael's initial fear of Queequeg. Note how Queequeg did not seem so strange after Ishmael sees many other ethnic people on the streets of New Bedford. Discuss how Queequeg begins to see Ishmael as his brother. Finish with how religious prejudice like Bildad's tends to resist inter-cultural understanding.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the character of Pip. Describe his position on the Pequod. Detail the reason for his jumping twice out of the whaling boat. Explain how fear left him insane. Finally, explain his usefulness to the plot of MOBY DICK.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages comparing the character Bildad in MOBY DICK to the Bildad in the book of Job who God said darkened counsel without knowledge. Point out dialog of Bildad that shows his limited understanding of the real world.
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