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 condition of the baby whale they harpoon?

2. What is the change in Stubb?

3. What happens to the harpoon especially made for Moby Dick?

4. What is the first thing Moby Dick does when he is spotted?

5. What makes Starbuck come and talk to Ahab.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the Pequod sails in the wrong direction.

2. What is occupying the mind of the captain of the Rachel?

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

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

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

6. What happens to Fedallah when Moby Dick is harpooned for the first time?

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

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

9. Relate the sad story of Pip.

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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on respect. Use the example of Starbuck who disagrees with Ahab's vendetta against a whale but always follows orders, even when he thinks they are wrong. Define why respect for the captain and the crew is necessary to maintain order on a ship.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the literary use of personification. Begin with how Ahab assigns human characteristics to Moby Dick, believing that the whale is a mortal enemy, conscious of a vendetta against him. Then go to children's stories where animal characters think and talk like humans. Discuss personification as a device to explain relationships between humans and animals.

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