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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" treat his creditor after hearing the crow?
2. Why does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe he should not be sued?
3. Why does the Town-Ho's captain have to put the ship into port?
4. How does the narrator get into the London theater presentation?
5. What previous employment had shaped Bartleby?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the narrator say that pity turns into repulsion?
2. What is the figurehead on the San Dominick?
3. What do the sailors in "The Encantadas" do with tortoises?
4. What was disrespectful about Radney asking Steelkilt to sweep the deck?
5. How have the Knights Templar changed, according to Melville's observations, in "The Paradise of Bachelors"?
6. What does the narrator say happens to one in command who discovers a subordinate who is "significantly his superior"?
7. Why does the narrator continue to accept Bartleby's refusals?
8. How is the accuracy of copy verified by scriveners?
9. What superstition do sailors have about the tortoises in "The Encantadas"?
10. What verb tenses does Melville use in "The Two Temples" to bring immediacy to the story?
Essay Topic 1
One recurring theme in Melville's stories is the fate of an innocent man in the grip of malice he does not comprehend. Compare two such protagonists, such as Steelkilt and Billy Budd.
Essay Topic 2
Melville's purposes in writing are both artistic and moralistic. Select a story in which you see his purpose as basically one or the other, and give examples from the story in your essay that support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Setting is particularly important in Melville's stories. Select a story in which the setting is critical, such as the confinement of shipboard or the home as a center for domestic disputes. Analyze the use and power of the setting in the story you chose.
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