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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. What equipment does Ishmael discuss including their descriptions and uses?
2. Who is Charity and what is her function regarding the Pequod?
3. What is the harpooner, Queequeg, out doing when Ishmael is shown to his room?
4. Which ship does Ishmael select for him and Queequeg to sign on?
5. What happens to the boat Ishmael is in during the whale hunt?
Short Essay Questions
1. How complicated is the process of harvesting the whale blubber?
2. What is the amusing account of Queequeg and the wheelbarrow?
3. Describe how Ishmael becomes uneasy about Captain Ahab.
4. What ominous encounter do Ishmael and Queequeg have after they have signed onto the Pequod?
5. Explain why Ishmael decides to book himself on a whaling ship.
6. Explain the startling thing that Ishmael learns about his friend, Queequeg.
7. Explain the importance of Chapters 45 and 46 in understanding the enemy Captain Ahab is up against.
8. Why is the story of Radney and Steelkilt important to the story?
9. What is the surprise the men of the Pequod get when they spot their first whale and begin to lower the boats?
10. Describe the curious rumor about other fish and Moby Dick.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the mystery of the sea. Begin with the mysterious things about the sea that Melville presents in the novel. Move into the present where there are still many things we do not know about the sea. Explain why the sea is so difficult to understand including its size, its atmospheric pressure, and its eco-systems.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on people who take dangerous occupations. In Melville's day, perhaps whaling the most dangerous occupation in the world. Compare that to some dangerous occupations today. Conclude with whether you would ever undertake a really dangerous job.
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