Moby-Dick Test | 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. Who is Charity and what is her function regarding the Pequod?

2. What insane crew member of the Jeroboam claims to be the Angel Gabriel?

3. Which ship does Ishmael select for him and Queequeg to sign on?

4. What accommodation is available for Ishmael at the inn in New Bedford?

5. After the first whaling experience, what does Ishmael decide to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the behavior of the mates dining in the captain's cabin as they torment the cook who serves their meal.

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

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

4. Under what circumstances do Peleg and Bildad leave the Pequod?

5. At what point does Ishmael go into a discussion about whales in general.

6. What is the surprise the men of the Pequod get when they spot their first whale and begin to lower the boats?

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

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

9. What is the amusing account of Queequeg and the wheelbarrow?

10. What ominous encounter do Ishmael and Queequeg have after they have signed onto the Pequod?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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.

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