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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. Who finally persuaded the narrator of "I and My Chimney" to knock a few feet off the chimney?
2. Why was Bannadonna excused for the homicide he committed?
3. Why is the strange ship low on provisions?
4. What emblem does John Gentian refuse to wear?
5. How does the narrator of "The Apple-Tree Table" feel as his wife and daughters become more frightened?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the bug in the apple-tree table teach the narrator's daughter, Julia?
2. Why does the owner of the paper factory in "The Tartarus of Maids" tell the narrator that all of his workers are called "girls"?
3. 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?
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 does the narrator claim shows Jack Gentian's natural gentility?
6. What foibles does the narrator claim Jack Gentian possesses?
7. What is unusual about the bug that emerges from the apple-tree table in the story of that name?
8. What is Captain Delano's intention in boarding Benito Cereno's ship?
9. What does the landscape painter, B. Hobbema Brown, believe about the Marquis de Grandvin?
10. In "The Lightning Rod Man," why does the narrator pretend to mistake the salesman for the god Jupiter Tonans?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Melville was capable of a wide range of diction, or word choice, ranging from the staccato exclamations of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo" to the alliterations of "The Encantadas," (an archipelago of aridities), to biblical allusions ("A virtue went out of him . . ." "I became a pillar of salt . . ."). Select one form of diction that impressed you about these stories, show examples of its use, and analyze its effectiveness.
Essay Topic 3
Several of the stories in this collection deal with relationships between men and women. Using at least two stories as a basis, evaluate Melville's understanding of the status of women in his society and culture. Did he agree with, condemn, or remain neutral about the rights of women?
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