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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 two characteristics does Melville attribute to the islands of the Encantadas?
2. What quality of Bartleby's induces the narrator to hire him?
3. How does the narrator get into the London theater presentation?
4. How does the narrator describe the men who work the Erie Canal?
5. Where does the narrator in The Town-Ho's story tell his tale?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the poet Blandmour feel about poverty in "Poor Man's Pudding"?
2. What does the narrator say happens to one in command who discovers a subordinate who is "significantly his superior"?
3. What did Steelkilt's followers decide to do upon their release?
4. How does the creditor in "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo" torment the narrator?
5. What words does the narrator use to describe Bartleby when he first meets him?
6. What are Turkey's shortcomings as a scrivener?
7. Why does the narrator continue to accept Bartleby's refusals?
8. What does the author of "Poor Man's Pudding" and "Rich Man's Crumbs" pray that Heaven will save him from?
9. Why does Melville call Redondo the "aviary of the ocean"?
10. How does the narrator respond the first time Bartleby answers a request with, "I would prefer not to"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Melville often leaves critical parts of a story unsaid. In "The Town-Ho's Story," for instance, the reader never knows what threat Steelkilt mutters to the captain that causes him to decide not to flog Steelkilt. Likewise, in Hunilla's story in "The Encantadas," he says that " . . . the unnamed events which befell Hunilla on this isle, let them abide between her and her God. In nature, as in law, it may be libelous to speak some truths." Analyze the effectiveness of withholding key information from the reader in this way.
Essay Topic 2
Melville uses brief sketches to address large issues of social justice. Select two of the stories that work together, such as "The Paradise of Bachelors" and "The Tartarus of Maids," or "The Two Temples," to analyze the social issues addressed in those comparisons.
Essay Topic 3
When Billy Budd is impressed into the royal navy, the captain of the ship he is leaving says that a former enemy, called Red Whiskers, " . . . now really loves Billy--loves him or is the biggest hypocrite that ever I heard of." Is this an instance of skillful foreshadowing? In your essay, analyze why the captain's lament is or is not an example of Melville's foreshadowing the main conflict in Billy Budd.
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