Moby-Dick discussion questions Chapter 11 “The Nightgown” and Chapter 12 “Biographical”

  • What philosophical observation about contrast does Ishmael make in this chapter? How truthful does it seem to you?
  • Ishmael observes something philosophical about darkness and light in this chapter. Describe his ideas.
  • Why does Queequeg leave his home, Kokovoko, and what does he learn about this subject in his travels?
  • What do Queequeg and Ishmael agree to do together and what are Ishmael’s reasons for doing so?


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