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. What does Ahab do in an excited state after visiting the Samuel Enderby?

2. What does Ishmael conclude about whales' olfactory and vocal systems?

3. What happens to Ahab's hat as he perches atop the mast?

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

5. When Tashtego accidentally falls into the oil-filled head of the whale, who rescues him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What contest occurs between the Pequod and a German whaling ship?

2. After killing the sperm whale, why does Ahab want them to capture and kill the less valuable Right Whale?

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

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

5. How is Ahab killed?

6. What is foreshadowed by a dream on Ahab's whaling boat?

7. Why does the encounter with the Bachelor irritate Ahab?

8. What is the problem with maritime laws pertaining to whaling?

9. What is the change in the crew as they head out in search of Moby Dick?

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

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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the mystery of the sea. Begin with the mysterious things about the sea that Melville presents in the novel. Move into the present where there are still many things we do not know about the sea. Explain why the sea is so difficult to understand including its size, its atmospheric pressure, and its eco-systems.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on why we know so much more about whales now than Melville knew. Discuss the modern technology that allows whales to be observed in their natural underwater habitat. Mention modern photography that shows the whale as it is and not as an artist imagines it.

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