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 had one of the boats from The Rachel accomplished?

2. Besides the whales in the oceans, what else does Ishmael include in his discussion?

3. When Pip is finally rescued after jumping the second time from the boat, what is his condition?

4. What does Pip do when a whale is harpooned?

5. Where is the large hunting ground where the Pequod finds itself in the middle of a pod of sperm whales?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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 religion in Melville's novel, MOBY DICK. Begin with the sermon in the Whaleman's Chapel. Mention Queequeg's devotion to his Yojo. Go to the argument Ishmael has with the man from Sar Harbor. Conclude with the religious parallels to the names Melville chose for his characters.

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