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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 happens to the harpoon especially made for Moby Dick?
2. When Tashtego accidentally falls into the oil-filled head of the whale, who rescues him?
3. While Starbuck is talking, what is Ahab thinking?
4. What do they find in the corpse of the blind and crippled whale?
5. Why does the crew on the ship see Stubb's and Flask's boats coming fast toward them?
Short Essay Questions
1. What contest occurs between the Pequod and a German whaling ship?
2. How does Starbuck try to take advantage of Ahab's tears?
3. Relate the sad story of Pip.
4. What is Ishmael trying to ascertain as he ponders fossil remains of whales he has read about?
5. Why does the encounter with the Bachelor irritate Ahab?
6. What is the problem with maritime laws pertaining to whaling?
7. Why does Ahab transfer onto the Samuel Enderby to hear its captain's story?
8. Describe the madness of Ahab that loses his humanity.
9. What is occupying the mind of the captain of the Rachel?
10. What is so interesting about the perceptions of the Spanish doubloon nailed to the mast?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on Fearing the Unknown. Using the example of Ishmael's initial reaction to Queequeg, demonstrate in your essay how people tend to fear what is new or unexplained. Note how as Ishmael begins to learn Queequeg's ways, he becomes less fearful and soon they bond as friends. End your essay with a statement about how eliminating prejudicial fear would make the world a better place.
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 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.
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