Great Short Works of Herman Melville Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How does the lightning rod salesman feel about thunderstorms?

2. Who lives in the cottage that the narrator of "The Piazza" finds in the mountains?

3. What impresses the narrator about the mill?

4. What sort of feet did the apple-tree table have?

5. What mythical character does the narrator say would have failed at his task if the chimney had then been in existence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the landscape painter, B. Hobbema Brown, believe about the Marquis de Grandvin?

2. What does Jimmy Rose retain after he has lost his fortune?

3. What does Melville say is the difference between boarding a strange ship and entering a strange house?

4. According to the deposition in "Benito Cereno," what would have happened to Captain Delano if he had suspected a mutiny aboard the San Dominick?

5. What is unusual about the bug that emerges from the apple-tree table in the story of that name?

6. What does the chimney in "I and My Chimney" provide for the narrator on the second landing?

7. Why does the narrator of "I and My Chimney" believe his chimney is good for invalids?

8. What does the narrator of "The Fiddler" first admire about Hautboy?

9. What haunts the narrator at the conclusion of "The Piazza"?

10. Why did the Spanish naval board of inquiry at first reject parts of Benito Cereno's deposition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Melville has a gift for inventing language: "The picturesque yields to the pocketesque." The government of the island was a "riotocracy." Find and analyze examples of invented language. Are the new words useful? Comprehensible? Effective? Discuss their effect on you as a reader.

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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