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Have You Just Completed Moby-Dick?

Finishing Moby-Dick for the first time is kind of a big deal. If you have just done so, congratulations! I wish I could give you a hug, or at least shake your hand, but on the Internet these things are not possible. What I can do is give you a certificate of completion to print out. It's not much, but it's something.

Below is a short quiz. It should be easy for anyone who has read the book. Follow the instructions if you want to get the certificate.

Good luck, and thanks for visiting this site.

—Margaret Guroff
Editor and publisher
Power Moby-Dick


Select all your answers, then click on the "Process Questions" button at the bottom of the page.

If you get one or more questions wrong, the program will tell you your score. It won't tell you which questions you got wrong.

If you get all 11 questions right, three things will happen:
  1. This page will turn blue-green;
  2. A password will appear at the bottom of the page; and
  3. Your computer will be instructed to open a password-protected PDF.
Find the password. Ideally, you'll be able to type it right into an open window. Depending on how your computer is set up, though, you may have to choose a PDF viewer (such as Adobe Reader) first. Once you get the right program running and type in the password, the certificate should display. Then, just fill in your own name and print. (If there's a problem, email me at meg at powermobydick dot com and we'll figure it out.)


1. Where did the Pequod's voyage originate from?
Manhattan, New York 
New Bedford, Massachusetts 
Nantucket, Massachusetts 
Providence, Rhode Island 
2. What happens to Pip, the cabin boy?
He is crushed by a falling boom 
He goes crazy 
He is eaten by sharks 
He is kidnapped by pirates 
3. What is Fedallah's religion?
4. What did Ahab nail to the mainmast?
A "wanted" poster 
A gold coin 
A sextant 
A calendar 
5. Why did Ishmael tie himself to Queequeg?
So one would wake up if the other one did 
So they'd be assigned to the same watch crew 
To dangle Queequeg over the side of the ship 
To hoist Queequeg up to the mainmast top 
6. What is a "blanket piece"?
A gold coin 
A chest for storing counterpanes 
A strip of whale blubber 
A canvas for making sails 
7. What was the ship The Rachel looking for?
The white whale 
A gold coin 
The Equator 
A lost whaleboat 
8. Where is spermaceti found?
In the head of a sperm whale 
In the ship's pantry 
Near the Tropic of Capricorn 
In the captain's wallet 
9. What does the carpenter build for Queequeg?
A wooden leg 
A cross 
A bed 
A coffin 
10. Who tries to talk Ahab into giving up the hunt for Moby Dick?
11. Do you solemnly vow that you have really and truly read Moby-Dick?
Points out of 11: