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 first alarms the narrator about the apple-tree table?

2. Who is Atufal?

3. How does Captain Delano evaluate Babo when he first meets him?

4. Why is the strange ship low on provisions?

5. What does the narrator in "The Paradise of Bachelors" say has become of the Knights Templar?

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

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 3

Melville is very fond of alliteration, such as " . . . mending rotten rail fences with their own rotten rails . . ." which is an incidence of "incipient idiocy." Find instances of this use of language and evaluate its effectiveness for you as a reader.

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