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 the captain of a German whaling ship want from the Pequod?

2. How does Ahab react to the intrusion by Starbuck?

3. What does Ahab order the ship's blacksmith to do?

4. What is the next whaling ship the Pequod meets during the search for Moby Dick?

5. What does Ishmael believe about the survival of whales as a species?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What ironic thought does Ahab have while looking at Queequeg's coffin?

4. Why does Ahab order a basket to take him to the top of one of the masts?

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

6. Relate the sad story of Pip.

7. What happens when Tashtego accidentally falls into the oil-filled head of the whale?

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

9. How is Ahab killed?

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

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 Ishmael as the narrator of MOBY DICK. Explain what makes Ishmael a good choice as narrator in terms of his education and background. Why does Ishmael relate better to the general reader than Starbuck or Flask might have? Why is it necessary to the story that Ishmael survive the destruction of the Pequod?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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