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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In 1956, Moby Dick was made into a film starring Gregory Peck. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant 100 years later? How did the filmmakers adapt the themes to fit in with the 1950s society? How did these changes affect the meaning of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on respect. Use the example of Starbuck who disagrees with Ahab's vendetta against a whale but always follows orders, even when he thinks they are wrong. Define why respect for the captain and the crew is necessary to maintain order on a ship.

Essay Topic 3

Choose a character from the novel and discuss how the novel's meaning would change if it were written from his point of view.

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