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. What is the carpenter doing when Ahab ascends to deck the next morning?

3. What do they find in the corpse of the blind and crippled whale?

4. What happens to the mast of the Pequod during a typhoon?

5. What does Ahab discover the next morning after the storm?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ahab killed?

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

3. What is happening to Queequeg's coffin?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Starbuck try to take advantage of Ahab's tears?

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

10. What further insult does Ahab act out after meeting the Delight?

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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