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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What contributes to the narrator's thoughts about the apple-tree table being supernatural?

2. How does Captain Delano view the attitude of the black people on board?

3. What has Hautboy accomplished in "The Fiddler?"

4. What is the temperature at the mill?

5. How does Melville describe Captain Delano's personality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting is particularly important in Melville's stories. Select a story in which the setting is critical, such as the confinement of shipboard or the home as a center for domestic disputes. Analyze the use and power of the setting in the story you chose.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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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