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. What does Ishmael decide to do about Queequeg?

2. What does Ahab question the men about?

3. Who is the second mate on board the Pequod?

4. Which boat from the Pequod is the first to harpoon a whale?

5. What type of whale are the men of the Pequod looking for?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the first day of whaling affect Ishmael?

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

3. Describe the appropriate text Father Maple uses in his sermon to the whalers in New Bedford.

4. Describe how Ishmael becomes uneasy about Captain Ahab.

5. What behavior of whales works to the advantage of whaling ships looking for them?

6. What does Ahab do to disturb the crew during the night?

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

8. Detail the problems of holding a whale overnight tied to the side of the ship.

9. Explain why Ishmael decides to book himself on a whaling ship.

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the possible homoerotic overtones in the relationship between Queequeg and Ishmael. Express your opinion as to how you view this relationship. Take into consideration the culture from which Queequeg comes. Do a quick survey of Melville's life to justify your conclusion.

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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