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?
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.
Melville is very fond of alliteration, such as " . . . mending rotten rail fences with their own rotten rails . . ." which is an incidence of "incipient idiocy." Find instances of this use of language and evaluate its effectiveness for you as a reader.
Melville frequently reveals the character of a narrator through the narrator's observations and reactions to another character. "Bartleby the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno" are examples of this technique. Select one of the stories in which the narrator reveals himself. Discuss how the character is revealed and the effectiveness of this technique for you as a reader.
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