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Moby Dick SAT Primer: Vocabulary
Nautical terms in alphabetical
order (not required, but interesting to know)
ballast, boom, bulkhead, bulwarks, cleat, forecastle, gaff, grapnel, halyard, hawser, helm, jib, league, luff, reef, scuttle, spar, tiller, yaw
For each of the following
words, you need to be able to 1write the literal definition (denotation) of the
word, then 2specifically apply it to some aspect of the novel itself. For at
least 10 (total) of all the words, 3apply the word in an elevated context.
on foot, especially ritualistically.
2When Ishmael arrived in New Bedford, he circumambulated the town, observing its
places and its people.
3Sometimes in a discussion of a sensitive topic, we circumambulate; we step
carefully, fearful that we will offend others.
Chapters 1-21: Back to Reading Section 1
Chapters 22-42: Back to Reading Section 2
Chapters 43-65: Back to Reading Section 3
Chapters 66-86: Reading Section 4
Chapters 87-109: Back to Reading Section 5
Vocabulary list adapted from list at Vocabulary