Moby-Dick Questions Chapters 80 and 81: How do the Pequod’s harpooners manage

  • How do the Pequod’s harpooners manage to catch the contested whale?
  • Why does a harpooned whale not simply dive deeper to escape the hunters by pulling their boast under water?
  • What is found when the whale is cut open?
  • What happens when Queequeg tries to cut the whale’s body loose form the ship?
  • Why does the Pequod not join the chase for the second whale?
  • Explain the last line in Chapter Eighty-one: “Oh! Many are the fin-backs, and many are the derricks, my friend.” (Pg. 299)
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