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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. Where does Ishmael find lodgings?
2. How does Ishmael foreshadow Starbuck's behavior throughout the novel?
3. What does Ishamael talk about in Chapters 55-57?
4. What reason does Queequeg give for coming to America?
5. What is Ishmael's evidence that sperm whales have knowingly and maliciously been destructive to men and their ships?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the story of Radney and Steelkilt important to the story?
2. How does Ishmael happen to share a bed with a tattooed headhunter?
3. Why is the crew surprised that Ahab is going after the whale himself?
4. How complicated is the process of harvesting the whale blubber?
5. What is blubber?
6. What does Stubbs decide to do with the whale?
7. Describe how Ishmael becomes uneasy about Captain Ahab.
8. Describe breakfast in Chapter 5.
9. How do the different characters react to the sight of the old gold Spanish coin in Chapter 99?
10. What happens to Fedallah when Moby Dick is harpooned for the first time?
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Melvilles's life. In what way do you think his life and personality are reflected in the book? Where could he have learned about the world of whaling? In what ways is he like or unlike the main character Ismael?
Essay Topic 2
What is the role of the first, second and third mates? Are there any weaknesses in the ship's crew? How will the Christians deal with people they regard as savages?
Essay Topic 3
Upon its initial publication, Moby Dick famously received a mixed reception. Why do you think 1850s critics did not warmly receive Moby Dick? Why was the book more popular in the 20th century?
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