Moby Dick Chapters 2-4 Questions and Answers

Herman Melville

Chapters 2-4 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Ishmael not stay at the Sword-Fish Inn?

2. Who owns the Spouter Inn?

3. What is in the painting in the entry of the inn?

4. What is the name of the old man who tends the bar?

5. Where is Ishmael’s bedmate early in the evening?

6. Where does Ishmael try to sleep at first?

7. What is odd about Queequeg’s appearance?

8. What did Queequeg do with his ebony idol?

9. What did Queequeg take into bed with him?

10. How did Queequeg shave?

Answers
1. The Sword-Fish Inn was too jolly and too expensive.

2. Peter Coffin owns the inn.

3. The painting is of a sinking ship and of a whale leaping over it, impaling itself on the masts.

4. Jonah is the name of the old man who tends the bar.

5. He is out selling a shrunken head.

6. Ishmael tries to sleep on a wooden bench.

7. Queequeg is tattooed all over, and his head is shaved all except for a skull-knot of hair.

8. Queequeg set his idol before the fire and made an offering to it.

9. Queequeg took his tomahawk pipe into the bed.

10. Queequeg shaved with the blade of his harpoon.