Tales of the South Pacific Test | Final 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. Even though Bus Adams is a married man, he has a girlfriend in the South Pacific named _____________.

2. How do the men spend Christmas Day?

3. Why does Harbison bring up the topic of Seaman Timothy Hewitt to Paul?

4. With what do the men fill the ravine in the middle of the island?

5. What do most men fear being drawn into during their military service?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the conditions that have the Seabees overworked and frazzled?

2. How does Dr. Paul Benoway decide on not censoring Timothy Hewitt's letters to his wife?

3. What is the irony of how Kelley's discipline benefits the navy but is disastrous in his personal life?

4. Who is Bloody Mary and how did she get her name?

5. Why do Bus and Tony want to make a stop on the island of Luana Pori?

6. How does the chaplain compare the pig ceremony to some aspects of Christianity and how it goes against the American practices of consumption?

7. What is Pearlstein's strategy to complete the airstrip?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why did Michener choose to use the first person narrator perspective for the stories? What does this point of view entail? What does this point of view allow? What is limiting about this point of view?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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