Moby-Dick Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes Starbuck come and talk to Ahab.

2. How does Ahab die?

3. What does Ishmael recount about the Samuel Enderby that occurs many years later?

4. What part of the whale can do the most damage?

5. What does Ahab do in an excited state after visiting the Samuel Enderby?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Melville gives some of his main characters Biblical names, including Ishmael. Pick one of the following Biblical and examine what meaning the name gives to their character and the story in general.

1) Ishmael

2) Elijah

3) Ahab

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the character of Pip. Describe his position on the Pequod. Detail the reason for his jumping twice out of the whaling boat. Explain how fear left him insane. Finally, explain his usefulness to the plot of MOBY DICK.

Essay Topic 3

The novel is written in the first person. Why do you think Melville chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if it were written in the third person?

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