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 effect of Ahab's distraction on Starbuck?

2. Why does Ishmael linger on the Biblical story of Jonah?

3. Given the irony of the coffin turned life buoy, what is the feeling of foreshadowing?

4. What is the news from The Rachel as it nears the Pequod?

5. What is Ahab's response to the call for help?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the madness of Ahab that loses his humanity.

7. What is happening to Queequeg's coffin?

8. Describe Ishmael's arguments against the man who doubts the Bible.

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

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 on a character from MOBY DICK you would like to meet. Give specific examples of the behavior of that character and explain why he or she would be someone you would like to know.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on Fearing the Unknown. Using the example of Ishmael's initial reaction to Queequeg, demonstrate in your essay how people tend to fear what is new or unexplained. Note how as Ishmael begins to learn Queequeg's ways, he becomes less fearful and soon they bond as friends. End your essay with a statement about how eliminating prejudicial fear would make the world a better place.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on understanding other cultures. Begin with Ishmael's initial fear of Queequeg. Note how Queequeg did not seem so strange after Ishmael sees many other ethnic people on the streets of New Bedford. Discuss how Queequeg begins to see Ishmael as his brother. Finish with how religious prejudice like Bildad's tends to resist inter-cultural understanding.

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