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 first thing Moby Dick does when he is spotted?

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

3. How does Ishmael classify the oiling of the bottom of a boat?

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

5. How does Ahab react to the intrusion by Starbuck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with maritime laws pertaining to whaling?

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

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

4. Why does Ahab order a basket to take him to the top of one of the masts?

5. After killing the sperm whale, why does Ahab want them to capture and kill the less valuable Right Whale?

6. How is Ahab killed?

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

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

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

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 respect. Use the example of Starbuck who disagrees with Ahab's vendetta against a whale but always follows orders, even when he thinks they are wrong. Define why respect for the captain and the crew is necessary to maintain order on a ship.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on why we know so much more about whales now than Melville knew. Discuss the modern technology that allows whales to be observed in their natural underwater habitat. Mention modern photography that shows the whale as it is and not as an artist imagines it.

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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