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What reason does Ishmael give for going to sea?
"Having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I though I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world"
Name the 3 positions that Ishmael does not wish to occupy aboard ship
A commodore, captain, or cook
Why does Ishmael go to sea as a sailor rather than as a passenger?
"For to go as a passenger you must need to have a purse and a purse is a rag unless you have something in it. They also don't enjoy themselves and they don't get paid" (29).
What was Ishmael's profession while not at sea?
What is the name of the first city in which Ishmael looks for lodging?
What is the name of the inn that Ishmael eventually settles into?
The Spouter Inn:- Peter Coffin
Why does Ishmael leave "The Trap"?
He has to leave "The Trap" because it is a negro church.
One of the first things Ishmael notices upon entering the inn is a painting. What does the painting depict?
The picture represents a Cape Horner in a great hurricane and a exasperated whale inhaling himself upon the three mast- heads
What is the Cape Horn measure?
A full glass is a Cape Horn measure.
What is the first piece of information that Ishmael learns about his bedmate?
The harpooner is a dark complexioned chap. He never eats dumplings, he eats nothing but rare steak.
Who is the first member of the Pequod's crew that Ishmael observes?
He observes that the guy didnt make alot of noise like the rest of his shipmates. He was 6 feet tall, very tan, a Southern accent, and he was favorited by the shipmates.
Where is Quequeg while Ishmael is deciding whether or not to share his bed?
He went out peddling
What finally decides the issue of where Ishmael will sleep?!
The landlord finally convinces Ishmael that the room is nice and that the harpooner isn't that crazy
What about Queequeg's appearance does Ishmael find disturbing?
He had a disgusting yellow, purplish face.
After undressing, Queequeg draws a tomahawk from his bag. Why?
Because he needed room to stuff his New Zealand head
What does Ishmael find odd about Queequeg's dressing habits?
All of the queer proceedings increased his uncomfortableness
Looking around the common room, Ishmael is able to guess at how long each man has been ashore. How?
You could tell how sun-burned they were
What surprises Ishmael about breakfast?
Everyone was so quiet and they looked embarrassed
What reason does Ishmael give for New Bedford's prosperity?
They have the best weddings, in the summer the town is sweet, and the woman are beautiful
What is the focus of attention in the church as Ishmael makes his entrance? What do these objects have in common?
The men and woman eyed several marble tablets. The tablets were in honor of sailors who had died
Why is Father Mapple so highly regarded by his congregation?
He had led an adventurous maritime life in his past life.
Before the sermon begins, Ishmael compares the pulpit?
The joints on the pulpit seemed unnecessary
What biblical story does Father Mapple use as a basis for his sermon?
"Clinch the last verse of the first chapter of Jonah" (71).
What according to Father Mapple, constitutes true repentance?
The story of Jonah shows sinful men how Amittai was in willful disobedience of the command of God.
What foreshadowing does the preacher use?
It shows a similarity between Jonah and Ishmael's life! (This isn't right)
What is Quequeg doing when Ishmael returns from church?
"I found Quequeg there quite alone. And in one hand was holding up to his face that little negro idol of his, peering hard into his face with a jack-knife" (79).
Who does Ishmael compare Quequeg to as he studies the man's head?
Queequeg's head reminded Ishmael of General Washington 'a head. It had the same long regularly graded retreating slope from the brows.
Why does Ishmael finally decide to befriend Queequeg?
Queequeg was very weird and different but Ishmael began to be drawn to him and decided that he really liked him.
On what logic basis does Ishmael join in Queequeg's rituals?
"I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy" (81).
Ishmael asserts that "a sleeping apartment should never be furnished with a fire."(83). Why not?
"The more so, I say because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold"(83).
Where is Queequeg from?
Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the West and South.
What is Queequeg's status among his people?
Queequeg's father was a High Chief/King and his uncle was a High Priest!
Why is Queequeg so eager to leave his island? Why was he unsuccessful in his quest?
He wanted to visit the Christian lands. But the ship had rejected him. When he finally got accepted he did not like what the sailors were doing with their wages and decided that the world was wicked.
Why had Queequeg stay away from his homeland for so long?
"He was fearful Christianity, or rather Christians, had unfitted him for ascending the pure and undefined throne of 30 pagan Kings before him" (86).
What is the name of the first boat that Ishmael and Queequeg board together?
What reward does Queequeg ask for his heroics on the ship?
"He only asked for water-fresh water- something to wipe the brine off" (92).
According to legend, how was Nantucket discovered?
"In olden times an eagle swooped down upon the New England coast and carried off an infant Indian in his talons. The parents of the infant decided to follow the eagle and discovered the island and there they found their dead infant" (94).
Find a simile and foreshadowing
"It smells like another world, more strangely than the moon would to an Earthsman" (94)
Who refers Queequeg and Ishmael to the Try Pots? Why?
"The landlord of the Spouter- Inn had recommended us to his cousin Hosea Hussey of the Try Pots, whom he asserted had the best kept hotel in Nantucket and the best chowder" (96).
What premonitions does Ishmael have?
"It's ominous, thinks I.A Coffin my Innkeeper upon landing in my first whaling port, tombstones staring at me in the whalemen's chapel, and here a gallows" (97).
On what basis does Mrs. Hussey object to Queequeg's taking his harpoon to his room?
"Because it is dangerous. Ever since young Stiggs coming from that unfortunate voyage of his, when he was gone 4 and half years, with only 3 barrels of ile, was found dead in my first floor back, with his harpoon in his side, ever since then I allow no dangerous weapons in rooms" (99).
What is the name of Queequeg's idol?
Provide 2 different reasons why the selection of the ship is left to Ishmael.
1.Yojo had befriended Ishmael and Queequeg
2. Yojo had already pitched upon a vessel
Who are Captain Peleg and Bildad? What is the general impression of the Pequod?
Captain Peleg is one of the principle owners of the Pequod. Captain Peleg is also an owner of the boat. The Pequod was very old fashioned
What is Captain Peleg's response to Ishmael's credentials?
Captain Peleg gets very mad about how Ishmael worked in merchant service and he thinks Ishmael is dumb.
What are the origins of the name Pequod?
The origin of the name was from Nantucket Quakerism.
What is a "lay"?
A certain share of profits that one receives instead of wages.
What is Peleg's opinion of Ahab? What impression is given of Ahab?
"He is a queer man , Captain Ahab but a good one. He is a grand, ungodly, god- like man and doesn't speak much. But when he does speak, you should listen" (112).
Why does Ishmael avoid returning to the room after signing on to the Pequod?
He avoids going to the room because he doesn't want to disturb Queequep's Ramadan fasting.
Why does Ishmael break the innkeeper's bolt?
He breaks the innkeeper's bolt because the door was locked and his friend Queequeg might of been in the room dead!
Why is Queequeg allowed to crew the Pequod?
Because he is not a cannibal and also he is very good with his harpoon
Why does Captain Peleg argue that Queequeg should be hired?
That pious harpooners never make good voyagers. But he thinks Queequeg could save them
What does the stranger say that injects an element of mystery into the story?
"He's got enough though, to make up for all the deficiencies of that sort in other chap" (124)
Why does the stranger's name affect Ishmael strongly?
After their conversation, Elijah(the stranger) began to follow Ishmael and Queequeg and dodge them. But eventually Ishmael "pronounced him in his heart as a humbug".
What does Ishmael do with the stranger's advice?
He tells him "it is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him"
Who is "Aunt Charity" and how did she get that name?
Aunt Charity was Captain Bildad's sister who was very kind hearted and wanted to help.
Why does Ishmael accept Peleg and Bidad's excuses on behalf of the Captain?
"But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strived to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was with me" (130).
Who besides Ishmael and Queequeg sees the five vanishing sailors board the ship?
Elijah saw them too
Why does Ishmael object to Queequeg's taste in "furniture"? Who is the next man introduced and what is his job?
"Call that his face? Very benevolent countenance then, but how hard he breathes, he's heaving himself, get off Queequeg, you are heavy, it's grinding the face of the poor" (133).
Starbuck is the next man introduced and he is a chief mate.
Who assumes command of the ship while she leaves the harbor? Who is the second mate?
Mr. Starbuck assumes command.
How does Ishmael explain Ahab's continued absence on deck?
"I'll hope ye'll have fine weather now, so that Captain Ahab may soon be moving among ye- a pleasant sun is all he needs" (138).
What can be inferred by the last sentence in the chapter?
The adventure has finally begun!
What is Bulkington's job aboard ship?
He works to help with the boat during the storm.
What job does Ishmael most closely associate with the professional whaler?
He compares the job to being a butcher.
What credits does Ishmael list in defense of whaling?
"For almost all the tampers, lamps, and candles that burn around the globe, burn so many shrines, to our glory"(143).
What is Ishmael's final point in defense of the whaling industry?
There is dignity in whaling and the honor you gain.
Why does Starbuck say "I will have no man in my boat,... Who is not afraid of whale"?
"By this, he seemed to mean, not only that the most reliable and useful courage was that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril, but an utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward" (149).
What makes Starbuck"... as careful a man as you'll find anywhere in this fishery"?
In Starbuck courage was not a sentiment
How does Stubb compare to Starbuck in relating to the whales?
"When close to a whale, in the very death-lock of the fight, he handled his unpitying lance cooly and off-handedly, as a whistling tinker his hammer" (152).
What does Ishmael speculate is the cause of Stubb's good humor?
His pipe brought out the best humor in him.
How does Flask compare with Stubb and Starbuck about whales?
He thought of a whale like "a water rat requiring only little circumvention and some small application of time and trouble in order to kill and boil"(153).
Who are Tashtego and Daggoo? What is off about the crew?
Tashtego was an unmixed Indian harpoon who was awesome at hunting down whales. Daggoo was a black harpoon. All of the crew members were Islanders.
What is Captain Ahab's most prominent facial feature? What caused it? What impression does Ishmael get to Ahab?
"And not only that, but moody stricken Ahab stood before them with a crucifixion in his face, in all the nameless regal overbearing dignity of some mighty woe"(159). He doesn't seem ill!
What helps Ahab maintain his footings while on deck?
"His bones leg steadied in that hole" (159).
What in Ishmael's opinion brings Ahab out from his cabin?
He needed air and the sun.
What prompts Stubb to approach Ahab? What is Ahab's reaction?
Stubb was upset that "if Captain Ahab was to walk the planks, then no one could say nay"(162). Ahab replies and says "Am I a cannon-ball Stub?" (162).
What does Stubb decide about Ahab's outburst?
He replies and says "I will not be tamely be called a dog, sir".
Why does Ahab toss his pipe into the ocean?
He said "smoking no longer soothes" and "I'll smoke no more".
Who does Stubb tell about his encounter with Ahab, which he called a dream?
The next morning Stubb tells Flask.
What piece of wisdom does Stobb take from his dream?
"Remember what I say, be kicked by him, account his kicks honors, and on no account kick back" (167).
What happens at the end of the chapter?
"Look sharp, all ye! There are whales here abouts" (168).
Why does Ishmael discredit the work of more than half of his listed experts on Cetology?
Most of the people in the book have never seen a whale before.
Why does Ishmael discount Captain Scoresby?
"Scoresby knew nothing and says nothing of the great sperm whale"(170).
According to Ishmael's system if classification, what type of animal is a whale?
A whale is a fish!
What type of whale, according to Ishmael, is the most profitable to hint?
Which whale is known as the Unicorn Whale?
What according to Ishmael, is the "grand distinction" between officers and seamen?
"The grand distinction drawn between officer and man at sea is this- the first lives aft, the last forward. The mates have their quarters with the captain.
What makes the Specksnyder different from the other officers on the ship?
The Specksynder was equivalent to a Chief Harpooner.
In what order do the officers report to Ahab's cabin for dinner?
Why does Ishmael pity Flask when he is summoned to dinner?
Flask was the last person down at dinner and the first man up. He got the "sloppy seconds".
What is Tashtego's way of speeding up the service at the harpooner's table?
He darted his fork at his back, harpoon-wise.
Why does Ishmael consider Ahab's views on the use of his cabin typical?
"In this one matter, Ahab seemed no exception to most American whale captains, who, as a set, rather incline to the opinion that by the rights the ship's cabin belongs to them, and that it is courtesy alone that anybody else is, at any time, permitted here" (191).
What does it mean to "stand a mast had"?
"Of modern standers-of-mast-heads we have but a lifeless set, mere stone, iron, and bronze men, who, though well capable of facing out a stuff gale" (193).
What about the Glacier separates it from other whaling ships?
The Glacier's sleet crow's nest is like a large pipe, that opens above.
In your opinion, why does Ishmael react as he does to the idea of the crow's nest?
"Likewise we should denominate after ourselves any other apparatus we may beget.
What advice does Ishmael give to the ship owners looking to hire sailors?
"Beware of enlisting in your vigilant fisheries any lad with lean brow and hollow eye, given to unseasonable meditativeness, and who offers to ship with Phædon instead of Bowditch in his head" (198).
What is meant by Stubb's remark about Ahab that "the chick that's in him pecks the shell."twill soon be out"?
Ahab is thinking very hard and soon he will have an awese idea sprout out of him!
What is the first question Ahab asks the assembled crew?
"What do ye do when ye see a whale, men?" (200).
What reward does Ahab offer to the men who spots the white whale, and how does he advertise it?
"Whosoever of ye raises me a white-headed whale with a wrinkled brow and crooked jaw shall have this gold ounce, my boys"(201). He takes a hammer and nails the gold to the mast.
Who besides Ahab actually has seen Moby Dick before the meeting on the Pequod?
Queequeg, Tashtego, and Daggoo have all seen Moby Dick.
What is Starbuck's opinion of Ahab's quest?
He came here to hunt for whales not to hunt for his commander's vengeance.
How is the theme of good versus evil emphasized in this section?
Ahab is evil for wanting to hunt down and kill Moby Dick! Good is shown through the support of all of the crew members.
Explain the depths of Ahab's revulsion for the white whale and anything that opposes him.
"That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate, and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him" (204).
What in your own words, is Ahab's response to Starbuck?
Ahab explains to Starbuck how he is helping to broaden everyone's experience by starting with this one hunt.
What does Ahab tell the mates "would have dropped ye dead"?
"In vain! But maybe, tis' well. For did ye three but once take the full-forced shock, then mine own electric thing, that had perhaps expired from out me" (205).
Who thinks drinks from what in the toast that ends chapter 36?
"Drink! Ye harpooners! Drink and swear, ye men that men the deathful whalesboat's bow- Death Moby Dick!" (206).
What element, not usually present in a novel, appears? What prophecy does Ahab make while alone in his cabin?
"The prophecy was that I should be disremembered and- Aye! I lost this leg. I now prophesy that I will disremember my disremember" (208).
How do you think that Ahab would justify his quest for vengeance on the white whale?
"Swerve me? Ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve ye swerve yourself! Naught's an obstacle, naught's an angle to the iron way" (208).
What is Starbuck's objection to Ahab's logic?
He thinks Ahab is a madman and that he blasted all reason out of him.
What answer does Stubb propose for the Pequod's troubles?
"Because a laugh's the wisest, easiest answer to all that's queer" (211).
Which sailors join in the dance described in chapter 40?
1.The 1st Nantucket sailor
2. 2nd Nantucket Sailor
3. Dutch Sailor
4. French Sailor
6. Iceland Sailor
7. Maltese Sailor
8. Sicilian Sailor
9. Long- Island Sailor
10. Azores Sailor
11. China Sailor
13. Old Manx Sailor
14. 3D Nantucket Sailor
15. Lascar Sailor
16. Tahitian Sailor
17. Portuguese Sailor
18. Danish Sailor
19. 4th Nantucket Sailor
20. English Sailor
22. St. Jago's Sailor
23. 5th Nantucket Sailor
Which sailors object the dance and on what grounds?
1. Iceland Sailor- he wants ice floor
2. Maltese Sailor- needs dance partner
3. Sicilian Sailor- he wants girls and a green
Why is the contrast between the Tahitian Sailor's dialogue and that of the others?
He is very upset about change and he is very emotional.
Why is the Spanish Sailor, out of the entire crew, the first to the gibe Daggoo about his skin color?
He says that the old grudge makes him touchy.
What, according to Ishmael is Moby Dick's most telling trait?
Moby Dick is a sperm whale of uncommon magnitude and malignity.
What traits do the theories of Olassen, Povelson, and Cuvier all assign to the sperm whale?
"Declaring that the Sperm Whale not only be a consternation to every other creature in the sea, but also to be so incredibly ferocious as continually to be athirst for human blood. All fish are scared by sperm whales too" (223).
How does Ishmael speculate that the White Whale would appear to be "ubiquitous" to be in two places simultaneously?
That Moby Dock had actually encountered in opposite latitudes at one and the same instant time.
According to Ishmael's description, what was Ahab doing when Moby Dick took his leg?
"His three boats stove around him, and the oars and men both whirling in the eddies, one captain, seizing the line- knife from his broken prow, had dashed at the whale" (226).
What according to Ishmael, have Ahab the will to recover?
"Ahab had cherished a wild vindictiveness against the whale, all the more fell for that in his frantic morbid ness he at least cake to identify with him, not only all his bodily woes, but all his intellectual and spiritual exasperations.
What happened to Ahab while he was recovering?
He realized that he was a lunatic and wants to kill the whale
What is the contrast between Ahab and the ship owners?
He did not have the virtue like Starbuck or the invulnerable jollity of indifference and recklessness like Stubb and the pervading mediocrity like Flask.
Why are the officers of the Pequod unable to stand in Ahab's way?
"By the evil magic their souls were possessed, that at times his hate seemed almost theirs, the White Whale as much their insufferable foe as his, how all this came to be- what the White Whale was to them" (229).
Why does the color of the whale have such a profound effect of Ishmael?
Whiteness refiningly enhances beauty. Whiteness typifies the majesty of Justice in the ermine of the Judge, and contributes to the daily state of kings and queens drawn by milk- white seeds. White symbolizes power!
What reason does Ishmael give for his seemingly irrational fear of the color white?
"Which causes the thought of whiteness, when divorced from more kindly associations, and couples with any object terrible in itself. I know that, to the common apprehension, this phenomenon of whiteness is not confessed to be the prime agent in the exaggerating the terror of objects otherwise terrible.
What element of suspense is brought up at the end of Chapter 43?
Someone hears a weird coughing noise. "There is someone down in the after-hold that has not yet seen on deck" (240).
Why did the crew take to the hunt with such ferocity, according to Ishmael?
They are arguing that one heard something and another one heard something else.
What leads Ahab to believe that he can find one single whale?
"Ahab was threading a maze of currents and edies, with a view to the more certain accomplishment of that monomaniac thought of his soul" (241).
How has the narration changed in Chapter 44?
In Chapter 44, it talked in a less narrative tone and more of explaining about the life of a whale and how to find the whale.
Why does Ishmael compare Ahab to Prometheus at the end of Chapter 44?
"God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee, and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus, a vulture feeds upon that heart for ever, that vulture the very creature he creates" (246).
What in order, are the items that Ishmael testifies to in his Affidavit?
He talks about the three instances where a whale, after receiving a harpoom, had effected a complete escape.
What is the point of view in Chapter 45?
Why does Ishmael consider it wise for Ahab to keep the crew busy hunting other whales when they could have hunted Moby Dick exclusively?
"To hint his vindictiveness towards the White Whale might have possibly extended itself in some degree to all sperm whales and it would multiply the chances that each subsequently encountered whale would prove to be the hated one he hunted" (256).
What part does the wooden sword play in Ishmael's analogy?
"I say so strange a steaminess did there then reign all over the ship and all over the sea, only broken by the intermitting dull sound of the sword" (259).
Who spots the first whale aboard the Pequod?
TASTEGO FINDS A WHALE!
Why does Ahab call for the time when the whale is sighted?
Because he wanted to see if the time corresponds with when the whales come out of the water!
Where have we seen signs if the 5 "phantoms" before they appear in the deck?
"The phantoms, for so they seemed, were flitting on the other side of the deck, and , with a noiseless celerity, were casting loose the tackles and bands of the boat which swung there" (262).
Why do Fedallah and his crew immediately raise suspicion aboard the ship?
"Hardly had they pulled out from under the ship's lee, when a fourth keel, coming from the windward side pulled round under the stern, and showed the five strangers rowing Ahab, who standing erect in the stern, loudly hailed Starbuck, Stubb, and Flask to spread themseleves" (263).
What makes Stubb's urgings to his crew unique in Ishmael's opinion?
He did it very soothing and drawlingly. He would say the most terrific things to his crew that no oarsman could hear such queer innovations without pulling for dear life.
What position does Fedellah have when the boats are lowered?
"As for Fedellah, who was seen pulling the harpooner oar" (265).
What is the second masthead that Flask stands on?
"But the little sight of little Flask mounted upon gigantic Daggoo was yet more curious" (267).
After the boats were manned and the chase is underway, what is the general tone of the conversation?
"In the lowest possible but intense concentrated whisper" (268).
Who throws the first iron of the voyage, and to what result?
"A short rushing sounded leaped out of the boat, it was the darted iron of Queequeg. Then all in one welded commotion came an invisible push from astern, while coward the boat seem striking on a ledge, the sail collapsed and exploded" (270).
How are Starbuck and his crew finally found by the Pequod?
The had lite a lamp and "suddenly Queequeg started to his feet, holosing his hand to his ear" (271).
What do Stubb and Queequeg think of Starbuck's decision to chase their quarry into the storm?
"Mr. Starbuck is by far the most careful and prudent" (273).
What does Ismael do after his rescue?
"Besides all the days I should now live would be as good as the day" (274).
Why is Stubb amazed by Ahab's performance during the first hunt?
"If I had but one leg you would not catch me in a boat, unless maybe to stop the plug- hole with my timber toy"(275).
Why did Ahab go to the trouble of smuggling his own boat crew aboard?
"Captain Ahab to have a boat actually appointed to him as a regular headsman in the hunt"(276).
How was Ahab observed readying the "spare" boat?
"When some time after this Ahab was now and then found bestirring himself in the matter of making thole-pins with his own hands for what was thought to be one of the spare boats and he would have an extra coat of sheathing in the bottom of the boat, as if to make it better withstand the pointed pressure of his ivory limb" (276).
Why does the crew accept the strangers so steadily after their initial appearance?
"Besides now and then such unaccountable odds and ends of strange nations come up from the unknown nooks and ash-holes of the earth to man these floating outlaws of whalers" (277).
"Beelzebub himself might climb up the side and step down into the cabin to chat with the captain and it would not create any unsubduable excitement in the forecastle" (277). Why is this statement ironic?
The ocean is a crazy place were anything and everything can happen!
What relationship does Fedallah maintain with the crew as a whole?
He remained a mystery to everyone.
Who first spots the night spout? What literary device does Melville use in the description of the wave, the night, and the spout?
"Fedallah first described this jet"(278).
What does the crew find as they attempt to hunt this spirit spout? Is Moby Dick, the whale, making the spout? If so, why is this incident repeated?
The crew felt more pleasure than fear. "That unnearable spout was cast by one self-same whale, and that whale, Moby Dick"(279). It was beckoning them on.
Why is Ahab frustrated as the ship rounds the Cape of Good Hope? Where is the Cape of Good Hope located?
"In tempestuous times like these, after everything above and aloft as been secured, nothing more can be done but passively to await the issue of the gale" (281). They use to call Cape of Good Hope, Cape Tormemtoto.
How is the Pequod described as it sails through the storm?
"Meantime the crew driven from the forward part of the ship by the perilous seas that burstingly broke over bows" (281).
What about Ahab's sleeping form causes Starbuck to shiver?
"Though the body was erect, the head was thrown back so that the closed eyes were painted towards the needle of the tell-take that swung from a beam in the ceiling" (281).
What is the name of the first ship the Pequod meets in her travels? What is the condition of the other ship?
The ship was called the Goney (Albatross). "All down her sides, this spectral appearance was traced with long channels of reddened rust. Only her lower sails were set" (282).
What response does the captain of the new ship give when asked about the white whale?
"But as the strange captain, leaning over the pallid bulwarks, was in the act of putting his trumpet to his mouth, it somehow fell from his hand into the sea.
What destination does Ahab give for his ship?
ROUND THE WORLD
What problem does Ishmael point out in sailing that specific course?
"Only through numberless perils to the very point whence we started, where those that we left behind secure, were all the time before us" (283).
What is Gam?!
A social meeting of two or more whale- ships, generally on a cruising- ground, when after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boat crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.
What practical reason does Ishmael give for the fraternization among the whaling crews?
All professions have their own little peculiarities of detail.
When two whalers prepare for a GAM, where are their respective officers?
The two captains go on one boat and the two chief mates go on the other boat.
What is the Captain's must important duty while approaching the other ship?
He has to sustain his dignity by maintains his legs.
How did Ishmael first learn about the incident on the Town- Ho?
He had talked to the Goney.
Where is the Golden Inn located?
It is located in Lima.
How does the Town-Ho's captain react to the discovery of a leak on his ship?
"But the captain, having some unusual reason for believing that rare good luck awaited him" (291).
What reason does Ishmael postulate as the basis for Radney's pettiness?
"Yet was he quite as vengeful and full of social quarrel as the backwoods seamen, fresh from the latitudes of buck-horn handled bowie-knives" (293).
Why does Steelkit object to Radney's order to sweep the deck?
"Sweeping the deck was not his business and he would not do it"(296).
What is the result of Radney's threats to Steelkilt?
"The next instant the lower jaw of the mate was stove in his head, he fell on the hatch spouting blood like a whale"(297).
What condition does Steelkilt place on the obedience of the crewmen who have joined them?
"We won't lift a hand against ye unless ye attack us"(301).
How is Steelkilt finally captured?
"Steelkilt leaped on the barricade, and striding up and down there, defied the worst the pistols could do
What happens to Radney at the end of Ishmael's story?
"Radney was tossed over into the sea, on the other flank of the whale"(307). RADNEY WAS KILLED BY MOBY DICK!
What inference can be drawn from the tale?
To be careful at sea and that Moby Dick is deadly!
How is it that Ishmael, who was not even aboard the Town- Ho, knows Steelkilt's story so well?
"I know it to be true, it happened on this ball, I trod the ship, I knew the crew, I have seen and talked with Steelkilt since the dealth of Radney" (310).
Who initially spot the "strange spectre" in the ocean? What is it thought to be?
Daggoo saw it! They thought it was Moby Dick!
What does the spectre turn out to be?
It's the White Whale
Why does Starbuck say, "Almost rather had I seen Moby Dick and fought him, than to have seen thee, thou white ghost!" ?
They were upset that they didn't get to fight or kill anything.
What leads Ishmael to believe that the squid comprises the main diet of the sperm whale?
"Whatever superstitions the sperm whalemen in general have connected with the sight of this object, certain it is, that a glimpse of it being so very unusual, that circumstance had gone far to invest it with portentousness"(328).
What makes the whale-line so dangerous to the men in the boats?
"This man or that man being taken out of the boat by the line or lost"(333).
Why does the whale-line contain less tar than a standard rope?
The ordinary quantity of tar would stiffen the whale-line for the close cooling to which it must be subjected.
What is Queequeg's opinion of the "spectre"?
"When you see him "quad", then you quick see him 'parm whale"(334).
Why is Stubb the one to kill the first sperm whale of the voyage?
Stubb had ignited his pipe and captured the whale.
How is it possible that a rowboat, eight or nine men, and a number of ten pound spears can kill a whale weighing many tons?
They all work together and hit the whale in many places.
What literary devices are used in the following "The red tide poured from all sides of the monster like brooks down a hill"? (239)
What is the final sign that the hunted whale is dead?
"His heart had burst" (339).
Why does Ishmael assert that only one in ten thrown harpoons finds it's target?
They are cursed and they get very tired because there is a big process before you throw a harpoon.
What are potential consequences of keeping the second iron in the boat for too long?
"Else the jeopardy would involve all hands
What does Melville say about Ahab's desire yo kill only the white whales?
It reminds him of "killing" Moby Dick.
What does Stubb eat for dinner on the night he kills the whale?
He wants to eat some of the whale he caught.
Why is the crew of the Pequod pressed for time as they butcher their kill?
Other animals like sharks were swimming around and eating the dead whale.
What comparison does Melville make in Chapter 64?
The sharks and the butchers are compared to each other
What is Stubb's opinion of the cook's preparation of his steak?
It's overdone and it's tender.
What argument does the cook use to attempt to carry out Stubb's order? What part of the "sermon" has meaning as a theme?
He says that they shouldn't eat their food like "sharks".
Who is given the duty of guarding the whale's body from the sharks during the night?
Queequeg and a forecastle sailor are on duty.
How do the guards fend off the sharks?
"Suspending the cutting stages over the side, and lowering three lanterns, so that they cast long gleans of light over the turbid sea, darting their long shaped whaling- spades" (356).
How do the sailors of the Pequod observe the Sabbath following their first kill?
"The ivory Pequod was turned into what seemed a shamble, every sailor a butcher" (357).
What is a boarding sword, and how is it used?
"He dexterously slices out a considerable hole in the lower part of the swaying mass" (358). It is used to cut the whale.
What proportion does Ishmael give for turning blubber to finished oil?
"Is only three fourths" (360).
What does Ishmael compare to the scales on whale's hide?
"For the whale is indeed wrapped up in an Indian Poncho" (361).
What does Ishmael speculate to be the source of these scars?
The rocks seem to hurt them
Who or what attends the whale's funeral?
The sailors attend and different boats.
What is the dead whale's lasting legacy, according the Ishmael?
"Espied by the timid- man- of- war or blundering discorvery- vessel" 361).
What does the speculate description and hightan the whale ?
""Thus, while in life the great whale's body may have been a real Terror toy face" (364).
Which piece of whale's anatomy is kept after the body is disposed of?
The whale's head
How is this trophy stored on the ship?
What prevents the Jeroboam's crew from holding a game with the Pequod?
"It turns out that the Jeroboam had malignant epidemic aboard!(
Who is in the de facto command of the Jeroboum and why?
"He was small, youngish man, called the Archangel Gabriel" (379).
Why does Gabriel advise against the hunting of while whales?
"Think of thy whale"- boat, a stoven, and rusk!
What happens to the man who lower a boat to hunt Moby Dick despite Gabriel's warning?
"Next instant, the luckless mate, so full of furious life, was smitten bodily in the air, fell into the sea at the distance of about 50 yards and forever sank" (372).
Why does Gabriel insist that Ahab keep the letter addressed to Macey?
"Nay, keep it thyself! Thou art soon going that way" (373).
Why is Queequeg obliged to stand on the body of the dead whale?
Queequeg had to do because he was a harpooner.
How does Queequeg's position endanger Ishmael?
"So down there, some ten feet below the level of the deck, the poor harpooner flounders about, half on the whale and half in the water" (375).
Why does Stubb object to the drink that Dough-boy hands Queequeg after his time on the whale?
Ginger (the drink) is the sort of fuel you use to kindle a fire.
On whose orders did Dough- boy prepare the drink?
Starbuck gave the order.
Why does Ahab order the crew to lower for right whales, which they ignored up to this point?
They need to attend to it
Why does Stubb suggest they throw Fedallah overboard?
They think Fedallah wants to kidnap Captain Ahab.
What allows Queequeg time to find Tashtego after he falls overboard?
Queequeg with his keen sword had made side lunges near the bottom, so as to scuttle a large hole there.
Who is Ishmael referring to when he describes Tashtego's rescue: "We have thee there. Not at all, but I have ye".
"For at the time poor Tash fell in, the case had been nearly emptied of a far greater specific gravity then itself"(403).
On what basis does Ishmael justify hypothetically deifying the sperm whale?
The Sperm Whale is an anomalous creature. He has no proper nose.
Which bone does Ishmael suggest would be a better indication of the whale's character than the brain?
What is the name of the ship the Pequod meets in chapter 81?
"We duly met the ship Jungfrau, Derick De Deer, master, of Bremen" (411).
Why is the ships name ironic?
The used to be the greatest whaling people and now they are the worst.
What do the mates think about the German whalers during the case after the old bull?
They don't like them.
How do the Pequod's harpooners manage to catch the contested whale?
They went over the German harpooners and they stabbed the whale! After that blinding vapors of foam and white- fire appeared.
Why does a harpooned whale not simply dive deeper to escape the hunters by pulling their boat under the water?
The pressure of the water is very immense.
What is found when the whale is cut open?
The entire length of a corroded harpoon was found.
What happens when Queequeg tries to cut the whale's body loose from the ship?
The carcase sank!
Why does the Pequod not join the chase for the second whale?
The whale was from an uncapturable whale specie.
Explain "Oh! Many are the fin-backs, and many are the derricks, my friend" (421).
This means that there are a lot of different kind of people in this world.
What classical references does Ishmael give to whaling?
He references prophets, Heros, and demi-gods.
What points does Ishmael express doubts with in the story of Jonah?
Some Nantucketers distrust the story of Jonah. The traditions are false.
What is "pitchpoling"?
"The harpoon may be pitchpoled in the same say with rhe lancs, yet it is seldom done" (430).
What distinguishes a whaling ship from other ocean vessels in regards to their supplies?
They dont have the spices, silks, jewels, and gold.
Who or what is the Pequod missing as she passes the straits of Sundra?
They were missing water.
How do whales that Ahab chase act?
"Presents a thick curled bush of white mist"
All whaleboats carrying certain curious contrivances, originally invented by the Nantucket Indians. (448)
What makes the pod of whales that the Pequod chases noteworthy?
They came to the boat and the mates touched them. It seemed as if they were domesticated.
What do Starbuck and Queequeg do? Why?
Queequeg patted their forehead and Starbucj scratched their backs.
How many whales from the pod does the Pequod succeed in catching?
One big whale and one little whale.
Why are some whales called "schoolmasters"?
The Lord or master of the "school" is called the schoolmaster.
If you were to find a single Sperm Whale swimming in the sea, what assumption could you make about its age based on Ishmael's testimony?
What country was most effective in legislating whaling, and what were the laws enacted?
A fast- fish belongs to the party fast to it.
A loose- fish is fair game for anybody who can soonest catch it.
Under what authority does the Duke claim ownership of the dead whale?
What is the name of the ship that the Pequod meets next in he travels, and why is its name ironic?
The ships name was Rose-bud. But the ship made the sea VERY smelly.
Why does the French Mate use Stubb's visit as a chance to deceive his captain?
"But come aboard, and mayhap he'll believe you, if he won't me and so I'll get out of this dirty scrape" (471).
What is the humor of this chapter?
The smells of perfume and disgustingness!
What is Ambergris and why is it valuable?
It is grey amber and it is VERY rare.
How does Ishmael answer the charge that a whale boat smells and is dirty?
By some, ambergris is supposed to be the cause, and by some others the effect of the dyspepsia in the whale.
Who is Pip, and to which boat is he assigned?
Pip is the little negro who had had a tambourine. He was the ship- keeper.
What happens to Pip the second time he is involved in a chase?
The whale did its customary rap right under Pip's seat. This caused Pip to leap.
What ironic statement does Stubb make in his explanation?
He got mad at Pip for leaping but then told him that Leap from the boat is a better motto.
Why is Pip not rescued by one of the other boats the second time he jumps out of the boat?
Stubb had kept to his word about not jumping out of the boat and Pip had not listened again.
What has happened to Pip as a result of being alone in the ocean?
"Pip saw the multitudinous, God- omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal absorbs" (481).
What literary term is the last sentence of Chapter 93?
"The thing is common in that fishery, and in the sequel of the narrative, it will then be seen what like abandonment befell myself" (482).
What experience does Ishmael have that provides him with sensual pleasure? What does he have visions about at night?
He loves WHALE SPERM!! He has visions about horses.
What is a try- works?
The try works are planted between the foremost and mainmast, the roomy part if the deck.
While the blubber boils at night, the fire nearly burns the workers. Ishmael compares the scene to the fires of Hell. To what else does he compare it to?
He compares it the sun
What happens while Ishmael takes his turn at the wheel?
Things begin to get ruined and burned.
What is the main point Ishmael is making in chapter 98?
Sperm oil is very important!
What country is the doubloon minted in?
It is from Turkey.
Who Stubb predict will collect the doubloon?
The old Mogul.
Why does Ahab get along with the Captain of the Samuel Enderby?
The captain helps Ahab with his broken leg. They both have injuries that were both caused by the White Whale.
How does the story telling between the captain and the doctor anger Ahab?
He is annoyed by the play by play between the captain and the surgeon! He wants to know what happened to the White Whale.
Why did the English Ship not lower the boat in their subsequent encounters with Moby Dick?
"Didn't want to try to: ain't one limb enough?" (510).
What alarms Captain Burger about Ahab during the meeting?
"This man's blood-bring the thermometer!- it's at the the boiling point- his pulse makes these planks beat!" (511).
Find a statement by Ahab that shows his unconcern for safety, death, or danger.
He just wants Moby Dick dead!
How is Ahab's artificial leg damaged?
"He had alighted with such energy upon a thwart of his boat that his ivory leg had received a half-splintering shock" (535).
Ishmael states some philosophical beliefs he has. What is the most important?
"That while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but on the contrary shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair" (536).
Who is given the duty if replacing the damaged limb?
What duties does the ship's carpenter assume in addition to those of a traditional carpenter?
The carpenter received orders to have the leg completed by that night and to provide all fittings for it.
What is different stylistically in Chapter 108?
It is the point of view of the carpenter!
What does the carpenter mean with the comment "... A short, little old body like me, should never undertake to wade out to deep waters with tall, heron- built captains, the water chucks you under the chin pretty quick, and there's great cry for lifeboats" ?
He is taking about Ahab's scornful face about the fake leg.
What is Ahab's initial reaction to the report that the casks of oil in the hold are leaking?
He doesn't really care and understand. He doesn't want to do anything about the leak.
What, in your opinion, causes Ahab to change his mind and follow Starbuck's advice? What words of advice does Starbuck give?
I think it was how honest Starbuck had been and how passionate Starbuck had been.
What does Queequeg as the carpenter to make him for him and why?
He wanted a canoe and he was gonna use it as a coffin!
How does Queequeg explain his sudden recovery? What metaphysical question does he answer?
He recalled a certain duty on shore that he was leaving undone. He could not die yet. The question that he answers certainly to is: whether to live it die was matter of his own sovereign will and pleasure?
Why is the Pequod's arrival in the Japenese whaling grounds significant to Ahab?
He knows that the White Whale has been swimming around here.
Why does the ship's blacksmith fire his forge so late in the journey?
"Had at an early period of the voyage excited the curiosity of the mariners. And to the import unity of their persisted questionings he had finally given in" (557).
Why did the blacksmith give up his family and shop to go to sea?
The blacksmith himself had conducted the burglary in his house.
What seam does the blacksmith admit to being unable to repair?
The one on Ahab's leather bag.
What does Ahab use to temper his harpoon?
"Three punctures were made in the heathen flesh, and the White Whale's barbs were then tempered" (562).
Translate the Latin.
I do not baptize thee in the name of the prize, but in the name of the devil
Why was the crew of the Bachelor in festive mood?
They had just caught a huge whale after months of not having any good whale luck.
What is the Bachelor's response to Ahab's traditional query?
They don't believe in the White Whale!
How many whales does the Pequod catch on the day after she encounters with the Pequod?
4 whales were caught
What purpose does the Bachelor serve?
They were to help put the Pequod in a good and lucky mood.
What are the four prophecies Fedallah makes in regards to Ahab's demise?
"That ere thou couldst die on his voyage, two hearses must verily be seen by thee on the sea, the first not made by mortal hands, and the visible wood of the last one must be grown in America" (571).
What is Ahab's reaction to these prophecies?
"Aye, aye! A strange sight that, Parsee- a hearse and it's plumes floating over the ocean with the waves for the pallbearers. Ha! Such a sight we shall not soon see" (572).
How will the Pequod navigate without her quadrant? What is Ahab upset about?
He will use the level ship's compass and the level dead- reckoning. He gets mad that he can't find Moby Dick.
Which of the whaling boats is damaged in the typhoon? What are "elbowed lances of fire"?
The Pequod is torn of her canvas and bare-poles was left to fight the Typhoon. The thunder.
What are the "Candles" that are referenced throughout chapter 119?
The lightning rode to a spire on shore is intended to carry off the perilous fluid into the soil.
Why do Ahab and Stubb take the fires to be good omens?
They think that the corpusants have mercy on them. And the white flame lights the way to the White Whale.
At the end of chapter 119, a forth "candle" is lit. What is it and how is it lit?
They lit a harpoon.
Explain the argument that takes place in chapter 20.
Ahab wants Starbuck to strike nothing and stir nothing but lash everything.
Earlier in the book, Stubb has mentioned a certain amount of anxiety concerning his association with the Pequod and with Ahab in particular. What makes him change his mind?
"Don't you see, then that for these extra risks the Marine Insurance companies have extra guarantees?" (585).
What is Starbuck debating as he goes to report the end of the storm to Ahab?
He decides that Ahab can shoot him. He isn't sure if the wind is fair enough.
Why does Starbuck order Stubb to report the ship's conditions to Ahab?
He is to afraid report the conditions.
Why does Ahab not believe the helsman when he hears the heading?
He is sure that his boat is perfect because he is driving it.
What is the cause of the malfunction?
Last night's thunder turned the compass.
How does Ahab solve the problem? What does the crew feel about him?
He made sure the needles were exactly inverted. They are amazed by Ahab.
What is the purpose of "heaving the log"?
They want to mark the customary slat of the course that was steered and the average rate of progression every hour.
What happens to the log- and- line after it is cast out?
The realize the line is spoiled and ruined. The line snaps.
What is any, is the thematic importance of the lost line?
It reminds them of lost Pip.
What happens to the Pequod's life buoy? What is the significance of the sailor's death?
The life- buoy was dropped from the stern. The crew was not grieved at this event. They declared that now they knew the reason of those wild shrieks they had heard the night before.
What replaces the lost buoy?
The canoe coffin that Queequeg was suppose to use.
Why does Ahab accuse the carpenter of being unprincipled?
"Then tell me, art thou not an arrant, all grasping, intermeddling, monnoplishing, heathenish old scamp, to be one day making legs, and the next day coffins to clap them in, and yet again life-buoys out of those same coffins? Thou art as unprincipled as the gods, and as much of a jack-of-all- trades" (603).
What are the cries of recently drowned sailors, according to Ahab?
The grey- headed woodpecker tapping a hallow tree.
How did Rachael lose her boat?
Moby Dick caused her to lose her boat.
Whom is Ahab reconnected with?
What can you infer about Ahab's question as to whether Moby Dick has been killed?
He hates Moby Dick and wants to know if he is dead.
Why is Rachael's captain investing an uncommon amount of time in his search for the lost boat?
"Not only was one of the Captain's sons among the number of the missing boat's crew, but among the number of the other boat's crews, at the same time, but on the other hand, separated from the ship during the chase was a little 12 year old boy.
Why does Ahab threaten Pip's life as the boy follows him around the deck?
"Weep so, and I will murder thee! Have a care, for Ahab too is mad. Listen, and thou wilt often hear my ivory foot upon the deck, and still know that I am there" (610).
Why does the mood onboard the Pequod shift in chapter 130?
"All humor, forced or natural vanished. Stubb no more strove to raise a smile" (612).
What makes Ahab decide to begin standing his own shift at the mast head?!
"By night or day could the mariners now step upon the deck, unless Ahab was before them, either standing in his pivot-hole, or exactly pacing the planks between two I deviating limits" (613).
What happens to Ahab's hat?
A bird took his hat.
What was the result of the Delight's meeting with Moby Dick?
The Delight tells them that they are burying man that had been alive yesterday but today are now dead.
What is the other Captain's opinion of Moby Dick?
"The harpoon is not yet forged that will ever do that" (617).
What makes the dialogue in Chapter 32 unique, as opposed to the rest of the novel?
It is more detailed. It is more about nature.
Who is the first to spot Moby Dick? Why is this important?
Ahab sees it first! He was the one who had been looking for Moby Dick the whole time!!
What does Melville compare Moby Dick to on page 625?
Has a hump like a snow- hill.
Where does the whale appear after he dives?
It reappears right under the boat.
Why are Ahab and his crew unable to attack Moby Dick as he chews on their boat?
They were to afraid and Moby Dick is right next to them!
Why do the other boats not attack the whale after Ahab's boat is destroyed?
"And though the other boats, unharmed, still hovered hard by, still they dared not pull into the eddy strike, lest should be the signal for the instant destruction of the jeopardized castaways" (630).
How are Ahab and the crew allowed to escape being killed by the thrashing whale?
They sailed on the whale.
How many casualties does Moby Dick inflict on the Pequod crew during the first encounter?
Why does Ahab take to the mast head on the second day of the chase?
It is easier to find Moby Dick!
How is the white whale finally spotted on the second day? How are the whale and it's actions described?
Moby Dick piles up a mountain full of foam and sprouts it out and you can see it from miles away. She breaches.
How does the whale react to the approach of the Pequod's boats?
Moby Dick comes over to them.
On the second day, three harpooners are successfully attached to the whale. Why do the crew cut the lines?
The lines were all tangled together. The only way to untangle and untwist them was to cut the lines.
Once again, Moby Dick successfully disables one of the Pequod's boats. Whose and how? What happens to Ahab?
"That instant the White Whale made a sudden rush among the remaining tangles of the other lines, by doing so, irresistibly dragged the more involved boats of Stubb and Flask towards his flukes" (638). Ahab's ivory leg had been snapped off.
How many casualties does the white whale inflict on the second lowering and how?
The Sharks eat Ahab's crew.
What does Ahab say is the reason for continuing the pursuit of Moby Dick?
Not to give up
What is ironic about Ahab meeting the whale?
They are very close to each other.
What is the allusion that says Moby Dick is "possessed by all the angels that fell from heaven"?
"Beneath the transparent skin, looked knitted together, as head on, he came churning his tail among the boats" (648).
How are Fedallah's four prophecies fulfilled?
The whale had reeled the involution of the lines around him, the half torn body of the Parsee was seen, his able raiment frayed to shreds, his distended eyes turned full upon old Ahab.
The ship is the second hearse.
How is Ishmael able to survive the wreak of the Pequod?
"When the half sicken ship reached me and u went on. Then a sail came by ( Rachael's boat) and picked me up.
How is the rescue of Ishmael ironic?
"It so chanced, that after the Parsee's disappearance, I was he whom the Fates ordained to take the place of Ahab's bowman" (655).
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