Which best explains why Melville refers to Captain Ahab as "supreme lord and dictator" in the first paragraph of Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick?A. to show that Captain Ahab trusts his men to make decisions for himB. to show that Captain Ahab distributes power equally among his crewC. to show that Captain Ahab is the only decision maker on board the shipD. to show that Captain Ahab is the only person allowed to work on deckC. to show that Captain Ahab is the only decision maker on board the ship
Which excerpt from Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick best develops the theme of the novel concerning man's insistence on manufacturing his own destruction?A. Nevertheless, ere long, the warm, warbling persuasiveness of the pleasant, holiday weather we came to, seemed gradually to charm him from his mood.B. 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.C. There seemed no sign of common bodily illness about him, nor of the recovery from any.D. Whether that mark was born with him, or whether it was the scar left by some desperate wound, no one could certainly say.B. 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.
Which best explains how Melville uses his description of Ahab in Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick to comment on the nature of man?A. Through Ahab, Melville symbolizes how guilt can take over a man's life.B. Through Ahab, Melville symbolizes how obsession can take over a man's life.C. Through Ahab, Melville symbolizes how inaction can ruin a man's life.D, Through Ahab, Melville symbolizes how isolation can ruin a man's life.B. Through Ahab, Melville symbolizes how obsession can take over a man's life.
Read the excerpt from Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick.It was one of those less lowering, but still grey and gloomy enough mornings of the transition, when with a fair wind the ship was rushing through the water with a vindictive sort of leaping and melancholy rapidity, that as I mounted to the deck at the call of the forenoon watch, so soon as I leveled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me. Reality outran apprehension; Captain Ahab stood upon his quarter-deck.Which of the novel's themes is best developed in this excerpt from Chapter 28 of Moby Dick?A. man's ability to outsmart fateB. man's harmony with natureC. man's control over natureD. man's inability to alter fateD. man's inability to alter fate
Which best explains Melville's reason for describing how the sight of Ahab causes "foreboding shivers" in the narrator at the beginning of Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick?A. Melville is building a mood of suspense.B. Melville is comparing and contrasting Ahab and the narrator.C. Melville is showing a sequence of events.D. Melville is developing a possible solution to a problem.A. Melville is building a mood of suspense.
In Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick, which ailment of mankind is best symbolized by Ahab's plight?A. obsession with the pastB. fear of the futureC. respect for natureD. dependency on othersA. obsession with the past
Read the excerpt from Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick.It resembled that perpendicular seam sometimes made in the straight, lofty trunk of a great tree, when the upper lightning tearingly darts down it, and without wrenching a single twig, peels and grooves out the bark from top to bottom, ere running off into the soil, leaving the tree still greenly alive, but branded.Melville's description of Ahab's scar in this excerpt best develops which theme in the novel?A. the ability of man to let go of past woundsB. the harmony that exists between man and natureC. the ruling of man's present by his past woundsD. the destructive power of man's technologiesC. the ruling of man's present by his past wounds
Which best explains the symbolism behind Melville's comparison of Ahab to a solid bronze cast in Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick?A. Melville is symbolizing the impermanent nature of Ahab's character.B. Melville is symbolizing the intellectual nature of Ahab's character.C. Melville is symbolizing the inflexible nature of Ahab's character.D. Melville is symbolizing the impolite nature of Ahab's character.C. Melville is symbolizing the inflexible nature of Ahab's character.
Read the excerpt from the beginning of Chapter 1 of Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen havingasked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, fromthe beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of theisland, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, Itake up my pen in the year of grace and go back to the time whenmy father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old seaman with thesabre cut first took up his lodging under our roof.Which best explains why the narrator mentions the gentleman's names in the opening sentence?A. to establish credibility, suggesting many want to hear his taleB. to foreshadow the story's ending, as personalities are revealedC. to give background information on his father's occupationD. to help the reader visualize the inhabitants of the innA. to establish credibility, suggesting many want to hear his tale
Read the excerpt from Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick.Nor a word he spoke; nor did his officers say aught to him; though by all their minutest gestures and expressions, they plainly showed the uneasy, if not painful, consciousness of being under a troubled master-eye.Which best describes the theme Melville develops in this excerpt?A. the effectiveness of a leader who sets himself apart from othersB. the importance of obeying a leader under all circumstancesC. the inherent danger of a leader who exhibits signs of madnessD. the problems associated with inexperienced leadersC. the inherent danger of a leader who exhibits signs of madness