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 is the carpenter ordered to do with Queequeg's coffin?

2. What does Ishmael say the head of the sperm whale contains?

3. What further detailed information does Ishmael record about the whale?

4. Why does Ahab's boat stay in the ocean and not return after they catch four whales?

5. What happens on this first encounter with Moby Dick?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening to Queequeg's coffin?

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

3. Why does Ahab transfer onto the Samuel Enderby to hear its captain's story?

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

5. Explain two instances that Starbuck interprets as signs that God does not support Ahab's revenge on Moby Dick.

6. Why does Ahab change his attitude toward the leaking casks of whale oil?

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

8. What is the ominous message from the whaling ship Delight?

9. What is the evidence that there is still a vestige of humanity left in Ahab?

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 why Ishmael's idea that the whale could never become extinct was just the thing that has almost made the whale disappear. Explain how man's use of natural resources has done a great deal of damage to species and to the planet.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on dealing with hardships. Using examples from MOBY DICK, your essay should point out how human beings have the ability to deal with difficult situations. Discuss ways people deal with hardships today.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on Melville as a novelist. Mention the parts of Moby Dick that you found the most interesting. Discuss also some of the drier parts of the novel that tend to interrupt the flow of the story. Give your opinion about his use of language to paint a picture of life on a whaling ship.

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