Moby-Dick Test | Final 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. When Tashtego accidentally falls into the oil-filled head of the whale, who rescues him?

2. What foreshadows what is likely to happen to Ahab and Fedallah?

3. What does Flask see as he examines the doubloon?

4. What does Queequeg see in the Spanish doubloon?

5. What is the news from The Rachel as it nears the Pequod?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conundrum does Ishmael pose about the whale's biological system?

2. What is happening to Queequeg's coffin?

3. Describe the madness of Ahab that loses his humanity.

4. Describe Ishmael's arguments against the man who doubts the Bible.

5. What is Ishmael trying to ascertain as he ponders fossil remains of whales he has read about?

6. Relate the sad story of Pip.

7. What is so interesting about the perceptions of the Spanish doubloon nailed to the mast?

8. Explain why the Pequod sails in the wrong direction.

9. Explain how Stubb uses his sense of humor to trick a French whaling ship into leaving a dead whale.

10. What happens to Fedallah when Moby Dick is harpooned for the first time?

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 understanding other cultures. Begin with Ishmael's initial fear of Queequeg. Note how Queequeg did not seem so strange after Ishmael sees many other ethnic people on the streets of New Bedford. Discuss how Queequeg begins to see Ishmael as his brother. Finish with how religious prejudice like Bildad's tends to resist inter-cultural understanding.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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