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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 is it hard to see the mill when coming upon it?
2. What does the narrator in "The Fiddler" do with his manuscripts?
3. What was the disadvantage of building the piazza on the north side of the house?
4. Why does the narrator of "The Piazza" believe the soil is richer around the cottage that he finds?
5. Why does the narrator of "Jimmy Rose" refuse to change the wallpaper in his parlor?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "The Lightning Rod Man," why does the narrator pretend to mistake the salesman for the god Jupiter Tonans?
2. According to the deposition in "Benito Cereno," what would have happened to Captain Delano if he had suspected a mutiny aboard the San Dominick?
3. What does Melville say is the difference between boarding a strange ship and entering a strange house?
4. Why does the narrator of "The Lightning Rod Man" compare the salesman to a worm?
5. What is the figurehead on the San Dominick?
6. What seems odd about Benito Cereno's ship when Captain Delano first sees it?
7. What does the landscape painter, B. Hobbema Brown, believe about the Marquis de Grandvin?
8. What does the chimney in "I and My Chimney" provide for the narrator on the second landing?
9. What does the bug in the apple-tree table teach the narrator's daughter, Julia?
10. What does the narrator claim shows Jack Gentian's natural gentility?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Melville's use of time, switching back and forth between present and past tenses in the same story, is an unusual method to bring the reader a sense of immediacy. Select a story such as "The Two Temples" to analyze the effectiveness of this technique.
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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