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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. To what did Captain Delano attribute the ship's being so long becalmed?
2. What sort of feet did the apple-tree table have?
3. How does the narrator in "The Lightning Rod Man" feel about the storm before the salesman arrives?
4. What caused the bell-ringing automaton to kill Bannadonna?
5. What did Jimmy Rose have to offer the rich after he lost his fortune?
Essay Topic 1
A recurring theme in Melville's stories is the difference between appearance and reality. Choose a character such as Claggart, who appears to have only sterling qualities but is evil in his heart or a setting such as the mountain home in "The Piazza," which seems at first to be like a fairyland, to analyze the point Melville is making.
Essay Topic 2
Several of the stories in this collection deal with relationships between men and women. Using at least two stories as a basis, evaluate Melville's understanding of the status of women in his society and culture. Did he agree with, condemn, or remain neutral about the rights of women?
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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