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 makes Starbuck come and talk to Ahab.

2. What does Fedallah's dream depict about hearses?

3. What is the ship's carpenter assigned to do?

4. What does the dream predict can kill Ahab?

5. From what does the Pequod escape at sea?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the ominous message from the whaling ship Delight?

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

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

5. What is so interesting about the perceptions of the Spanish doubloon nailed to the mast?

6. What conundrum does Ishmael pose about the whale's biological system?

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

8. How is Ahab killed?

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

10. What happens to Fedallah when Moby Dick is harpooned for the first time?

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 why Ishmael's idea that the whale could never become extinct was just the thing that has almost made the whale disappear. Explain how man's use of natural resources has done a great deal of damage to species and to the planet.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the hard life of whalers. Mention the three year expeditions required to fill the ship with valuable whale oil. Discuss the weather conditions that make the trip more dangerous. Detail the need to go out in small boats to get near enough to the whales to harpoon them.

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