Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the profession of the narrator of Bartleby?
2. What surprises the narrator when he goes to his office on a Sunday?
3. Who is the worst enemy of the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?"
4. What animal does Melville claim is not at home at sea, on land, or in the air?
5. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" treat his creditor after hearing the crow?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Melville call Redondo the "aviary of the ocean"?
2. What does the author of "Poor Man's Pudding" and "Rich Man's Crumbs" pray that Heaven will save him from?
3. What differences does Melville claim exist between the archetypal handsome sailor and Billy Budd?
4. What does the narrator claim shows Jack Gentian's natural gentility?
5. What is Captain Delano's intention in boarding Benito Cereno's ship?
6. What does the landscape painter, B. Hobbema Brown, believe about the Marquis de Grandvin?
7. How does Melville describe Captain Vere in "Billy Budd"?
8. What are Turkey's shortcomings as a scrivener?
9. What was disrespectful about Radney asking Steelkilt to sweep the deck?
10. Why does the narrator of "I and My Chimney" believe his chimney is good for invalids?
Melville's use of time, switching back and forth between present and past tenses in the same story, is an unusual method to bring the reader a sense of immediacy. Select a story such as "The Two Temples" to analyze the effectiveness of this technique.
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.
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.
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