Moby Dick Chapters 79-81 Questions and Answers

Herman Melville

Chapters 79-81 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What gives the whale’s physiognomy added grandeur?

2. What does the whale’s hump cover?

3. What does Derrick want from the Pequod?

4. What does he know about the White Whale?

5. Why does the old whale swim with such difficulty?

6. Who harpooned the whale?

7. What did Starbuck try to stop Flask from doing?

8. What was found embedded in the old whale?

9. What unusual thing happened to the dead whale?

10. Why is the finback an uncapturable whale?

Answers
1. The whale has no nose.

2. The hump covers its largest vertebra.

3. Derrick wants lamp oil.

4. He knows nothing about Moby Dick.

5. The whale is missing his right fin.

6. Queequeg, Tashtego, and Daggoo all harpooned the whale.

7. Starbuck tried to stop Flask from sticking his lance in an ulcerous mass on the whale and causing it more pain.

8. An entire harpoon and a lance-head made of stone were found embedded in the whale’s flesh.

9. The dead whale sank.

10. The finback’s powerful swimming makes it uncapturable.