Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on a character from MOBY DICK you would like to meet. Give specific examples of the behavior of that character and explain why he or she would be someone you would like to know.
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the hard life of whalers. Mention the three year expeditions required to fill the ship with valuable whale oil. Discuss the weather conditions that make the trip more dangerous. Detail the need to go out in small boats to get near enough to the whales to harpoon them.
Look at the structure of the novel.
1) How does Melville use character and dialogue to drive the narrative.
2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?
3) Aside from the main character, examine the way Melville uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?
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