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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. Why does the narrator of "The Piazza" feel that the house must have a piazza?
2. Why does the narrator of "I and My Chimney" decide never to leave home?
3. What does the narrator in "The Fiddler" do with his manuscripts?
4. What caused the loss of Jimmy Rose's fortune?
5. On what holiday does John Gentian converse with passers-by?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the narrator of "The Piazza" think when he first sees a single bright spot in the northwestern hills?
2. Why doesn't the narrator in "The Piazza" grant Marianna's wish and tell her that he is the resident of the house that she believes contains happiness?
3. According to the deposition in "Benito Cereno," what would have happened to Captain Delano if he had suspected a mutiny aboard the San Dominick?
4. What does the bug in the apple-tree table teach the narrator's daughter, Julia?
5. What does the chimney in "I and My Chimney" provide for the narrator on the second landing?
6. What does the narrator claim shows Jack Gentian's natural gentility?
7. Why did the Spanish naval board of inquiry at first reject parts of Benito Cereno's deposition?
8. How have the Knights Templar changed, according to Melville's observations, in "The Paradise of Bachelors"?
9. What foibles does the narrator claim Jack Gentian possesses?
10. What does the landscape painter, B. Hobbema Brown, believe about the Marquis de Grandvin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Melville's elegaic pieces about the Marquis de Grandvin and others make clear the qualities he most admires. In your essay, use examples from these writings to show what qualities Melville thinks make for human greatness.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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