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

2. Attacking an already-bombed Japanese-held island is called _________________.

3. What puts Harbison in a bad mood and makes him break up with the woman in #31?

4. What is a PBY?

5. What is the timing of the Alligator initiative?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the stops Bus makes in order to find liquor for Tony?

2. What are Bloody Mary's plans for Joe?

3. Who is Lt. Joe Cable?

4. Why is Bill Harbison called a social snob?

5. What is the mood of the men before the strike and what do the men talk about beforehand?

6. What craft are involved in the invasion of Kuralei?

7. What happens when Luther Billis promises to set Joe up with some girls?

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

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

10. What is the irony of Denis and the Preacher being assigned to work in the cemetery as punishment?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Michener uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Michener's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loyalty. Identify at least two examples about loyalty in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of loyalty.

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