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Ishmael (Moby-Dick): Quiz


Question 1: Ishmael provides little about his personal background before his decision at the beginning of the novel to journey to Nantucket, ________ to enlist as a sailor on a whaler.
ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsRhode Island

Question 2: It is through his eyes and experience that the reader experiences the story of the ship Pequod, and the fight between Captain Ahab and the white ________.
Killer whaleWhalingWhaleCetacea

Question 3: After the Pequod leaves ________, he increasingly recedes into the background as a commentator, with his voice approaching that of an omniscient narrator at times, able to see into all parts of the ship and into the private motivations of other characters.
Barnstable, MassachusettsNew Bedford, MassachusettsNantucket, MassachusettsWorcester, Massachusetts

Question 4: Tim Guinee (voice) in the 2000 animated movie in which ________ provides the voice of Ahab.
Al PacinoRod SteigerMarlon BrandoJack Lemmon

Question 5: Richard Basehart, in the 1956 film adaptation in which ________ plays Ahab.
Paul NewmanGregory PeckAcademy Award for Best ActorLaurence Olivier

Question 6: Ishmael is the narrator (and arguably the protagonist) of the 1851 novel Moby-Dick by U.S. author ________.
Herman MelvilleJoshua SlocumJoseph ConradArthur Ransome

Question 7: He begins the novel in the first chapter wandering through ________ in the dreariness of November with dark thoughts suggesting nearly suicidal tendencies: pausing before coffin houses and following funerals.
New York CityManhattanBrooklynStaten Island

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