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 carpenter ordered to do with Queequeg's coffin?

2. What makes Starbuck come and talk to Ahab.

3. What does Ishmael say the head of the sperm whale contains?

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

5. What happens on this first encounter with Moby Dick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the secret that Ishmael lets slip about why Ahab stayed in his cabin so long at the beginning of the trip?

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

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

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

7. How is Ahab killed?

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

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

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

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 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 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 Melville as a novelist. Mention the parts of Moby Dick that you found the most interesting. Discuss also some of the drier parts of the novel that tend to interrupt the flow of the story. Give your opinion about his use of language to paint a picture of life on a whaling ship.

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