Tales of the South Pacific Test | Mid-Book 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. What is at a premium on the small coral island?

2. What country is saved with the destruction of the Japanese fleet?

3. In what branch of the military does Bill Harbison serve?

4. What church is the narrator shown on Norfolk Island?

5. Fighting the war in the South Pacific is different from fighting the war in Europe and __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Joe face a court martial over the incident regarding mosquito netting?

2. What does the author show about the superiority of U.S. military might in the case of Bus being shot down by Japanese forces?

3. What is the secret operation called "Alligator"?

4. What does Bill do to pass time in his position?

5. What makes the narrator decide to postpone the decision to cut down the trees on Norfolk Island?

6. What irony is revealed regarding the British treatment of prisoners on the island and the activities of the Allies now?

7. Who is Emile De Becque and what is Nellie's relationship to him?

8. Why does Tony Fry not get along well with Lt. Commander Charlesworth?

9. Who is Ensign Bill Harbison and what is his role?

10. What foreshadowing does the author use in this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michener writes most of these stories with a subliminal theme of the fear of death. Choose three characters from any of the stories and give their views on death. Are they afraid? Do they live in denial? How do they approach it?

Essay Topic 2

Michener is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Michener is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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