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TEST 2

_____ 1. Stubb dreamed that

A. he had kicked Ahab and his own leg fell off
B. the albatross plucked out Ahab's eyes
C. Pip's madness had been cured by Tashtego

_____ 2. Starbuck declared

A. "Down, dog, and kennel!"
B. "I came here to hunt whales, not my commander's vengeance"
C. "I'll see you before the Grand Jury"

_____ 3. One rumor about Moby-Dick was that

A. he was two hundred years old
B. he was athirst for human blood
C. he was avenging his own child's death, a baby whale killed by Ahab

_____ 4. One of the examples of whiteness to which Melville referred was

A. the color of the U.S. flag
B. the color of the dead
C. the color of an eggshell

_____ 5. When a lookout spotted a whale, he shouted

A. "Man your boats!"
B. "There she blows!"
C. "Harpooneers to the rigging!"



_____ 6. A "gam" is

A. a lance used to finish off a dying whale
B. a social meeting of whalers
C. an aborigine from Manila

_____ 7. The sperm whale was considered more highly than

A. the right whale
B. the Malay whale
C. the hatch whale

_____ 8. When Pip's mind was affected, Melville said

A. "He embraced madness as 'twere his brother"
B. "He expressed delight and surprise at his newfound confusion"
C. "He saw God's foot upon the treadle of the loom"

_____ 9. Captain Boomer and Captain Ahab had both

A. sailed together as apprentice whalers
B. lost limbs to Moby-Dick
C. vowed to wreak vengeance on the white whale

_____ 10. Ahab was cautioned by Starbuck

A. "Let Ahab beware Ahab"
B. "End your search, old man, before it is to late!"
C. "Your monomania will send us all to the bottom!"

11. In what way does Melville show Ahab to be a hero?

12. Discuss the significance of the chapter "The Doubloon."

13. What purposes do the "gams" serve in Moby-Dick?

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