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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 human assumption does Melville say is the most preposterous?
2. How does Merrymusk convince the narrator that he is a rich man?
3. What does Bartleby's demeanor show about his eccentricities?
4. What did the American ship, the Essex, see in the Encantadas?
5. What does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe the rooster's crow is saying?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Melville refer to Oberlus as "a creature whom it is religion to detest?"
2. What superstition do sailors have about the tortoises in "The Encantadas"?
3. What does the narrator say happens to one in command who discovers a subordinate who is "significantly his superior"?
4. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?
5. Why does Melville call Redondo the "aviary of the ocean"?
6. Why is the direct route for an ocean voyage not always the fastest or best, according to Melville in "The Encantadas"?
7. What skills are necessary for a scrivener?
8. Why does the narrator continue to accept Bartleby's refusals?
9. What did Steelkilt's followers decide to do upon their release?
10. In "Rich Man's Crumbs," why is the narrator called a "graceless ragamuffin"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Melville states that Moby Dick operates to do the work of God by killing Radney. A Deus ex Machina (god out of the machine), where an outside source ends the conflict between characters, is a literary device often disparaged. In your essay, consider its effectiveness in this instance and in other Melville short stories where this method is employed.
Essay Topic 2
Melville, as a product of his time and place, has opinions that are strongly racist, in the sense of making generalizations about groups of people. For example, "Spaniards are all an odd set; the very word Spaniard has a curious, conspirator, Guy-Fawkish twang to it." or "The 'Gee has a great appetite, but little imagination; a large eyeball, but small insight." or "When a mulatto has a regular European face, look out for him; he is a devil." In your essay, analyze these opinions and others like them.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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