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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 Ahab thinking about as he looks out to sea?
2. What makes Ahab return quickly to the Pequod from the Samuel Enderby?
3. What had one of the boats from The Rachel accomplished?
4. What does the dream predict can kill Ahab?
5. What happens on this first encounter with Moby Dick?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ahab change his attitude toward the leaking casks of whale oil?
2. Describe the madness of Ahab that loses his humanity.
3. What further insult does Ahab act out after meeting the Delight?
4. What conundrum does Ishmael pose about the whale's biological system?
5. What is the problem with maritime laws pertaining to whaling?
6. What is the change in the crew as they head out in search of Moby Dick?
7. Relate the sad story of Pip.
8. Why does Ahab order a basket to take him to the top of one of the masts?
9. What is occupying the mind of the captain of the Rachel?
10. Explain two instances that Starbuck interprets as signs that God does not support Ahab's revenge on Moby Dick.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the beauty of whales in their natural habitat. Include such things as how they jump out of the water, the impressive look of their spouts, the way they utilize their tails, how graceful they are for such large creatures, and modern recordings of whale songs.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the hard life of whalers. Mention the three year expeditions required to fill the ship with valuable whale oil. Discuss the weather conditions that make the trip more dangerous. Detail the need to go out in small boats to get near enough to the whales to harpoon them.
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