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by Herman Melville

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Chapter 1


1. What does the narrator asked to be called?
2. What mood is the narrator in when he goes to sea?
3. Why doesn't he like being a passenger?
4. Why does he go to sea as a "simple sailor"?
5. What motivates him to go on a whaling voyage?


1. Ishmael
2. Sad/depressive
3. Passengers get seasick, grow quarrelsome, don't sleep, and generally don't enjoy themselves.
4. It provides him with a sense of equality to his fellow man, a chance for exercise and pure air, and a paycheck.
5. The feeling that it is his fate or destiny; his fascination with the great whale