Tales of the South Pacific Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

There are several events of foreshadowing in the stories. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the stories that serve as foreshadowing.

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 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?

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