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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. What does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe the rooster's crow is saying?
2. What do Steelkilt's three remaining conspirators decide to do to save themselves?
3. What is the profession of the narrator of Bartleby?
4. What good qualities does Bartleby have as an employee?
5. How does Melville describe pelicans?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Steelkilt's followers decide to do upon their release?
2. Why does the narrator say that pity turns into repulsion?
3. What does the narrator claim shows Jack Gentian's natural gentility?
4. In "Rich Man's Crumbs," why is the narrator called a "graceless ragamuffin"?
5. What does the narrator say happens to one in command who discovers a subordinate who is "significantly his superior"?
6. What verb tenses does Melville use in "The Two Temples" to bring immediacy to the story?
7. What are Turkey's shortcomings as a scrivener?
8. Why doesn't the narrator in "The Piazza" grant Marianna's wish and tell her that he is the resident of the house that she believes contains happiness?
9. What is Nippers's shortcoming as a scrivener?
10. What is the figurehead on the San Dominick?
Essay Topic 1
Melville's work is full of allusions to mythic characters and settings with which he expects his reader to be familiar. Select a story such as "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo" or "The Two Temples" to find the references to mythology. Look up the characters or locations and explain in your essay how these references strengthen the story.
Essay Topic 2
Melville often uses a distinctive double negative in description. For example, Captain Delano is described as "undistrustful." Later, he is said to be "not unbewildered," and "not uninfluenced." What is to be gained by using these terms instead of "trusting," "bewildered," and "influenced"? Is there a difference between being undistrustful and trusting? If so, what is it? Find other examples of this peculiarity and analyze its use.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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