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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 is the girl Tony Fry is having an affair with?

2. What is the narrator ordered to do on Norfolk Island?

3. Admiral Kester is the leader of the attack on the island of ____________.

4. Where are Admiral Kester's headquarters located?

5. Who is the 22-year-old nurse that Harbison started to date?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Captain Kelley compared to Captain Bligh of the Bounty?

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

3. What is Atabrine and what do the natives use it for?

4. What concerns does Lt. Pearlstein have about a ravine and a coral hill on Konora?

5. For what is Tony Fry well known and what does he convince Bus Adams to do to help him?

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

7. How does the letter Bill Harbison writes to his wife compare to the one Timothy Hewitt writes to his wife?

8. Who is Latouche Barzan and what is her relationship with Bus Adams?

9. What types of emotional angst does Nellie experience in this environment which is so different from her native Alabama?

10. How is Bus overthrown for Tony Fry in Latouche's affections?

Essay 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

Describe the overall setting for the stories. Why does Michener use the setting he does? What is the time period of the stories? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC? Cite an example to support your answer.

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