Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis


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What is the name of the ship captained by Ahab that Ishmael and Queequeg join in 'Moby Dick'?

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1. Which of the following was a theme that ran through dark romantic novels such as Moby Dick?

2. In Captain's Ahab mind, what does Moby Dick symbolize that motivates his obsession with the beast?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments aim to test your knowledge of Moby Dick through questions about symbols, the style in which it is written and elements of the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The questions in these assessments address:

  • Characteristics of dark romantic writing
  • How the story begins
  • The ships in Moby Dick
  • What the whale is a symbol for in the novel
  • Cultural impact of the novel

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the characteristics of dark romantic writing from the related lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how the story begins
  • Interpreting information- verify that you can read information regarding what the whale means in the novel and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Please take a look at the lesson called Herman Melville: Moby Dick Summary and Analysis if you want to read more on this novel. Make use of the information in this lesson to go over these objectives:

  • Understand the themes of Moby Dick
  • Learn the many interpretations of the text
  • Know the plot and characters of the novel