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. Why does Starbuck send Stubb to report the storm damage to Captain Ahab?

2. What is the crew of The Delight about to do as the Pequod comes alongside?

3. What does Flask see as he examines the doubloon?

4. What further detailed information does Ishmael record about the whale?

5. Why does Pip join on one of the whaling boats?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is foreshadowed by a dream on Ahab's whaling boat?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Ishmael show the further mental deterioration of Ahab?

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 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 people who take dangerous occupations. In Melville's day, perhaps whaling the most dangerous occupation in the world. Compare that to some dangerous occupations today. Conclude with whether you would ever undertake a really dangerous job.

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