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. Why is Nellie upset about Emile's half-Polynesian daughters?

2. Who assumes command of the Alligator initiative?

3. Whose farm does the narrator and Tony Fry visit?

4. Where do soldiers and navy personnel spend much of their time in the South Pacific?

5. Where is the narrator sent in April of 1942?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is the Remittance Man?

4. Who is Captain Samuel Kelley and for what is he responsible in the "Alligator" operation?

5. Why are PT boats considered inadequate and what measures are put into place to help support them?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC is a classic work of historical fiction. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Bus Adams. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Bus?

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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