Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life [Edited by George Woodcock] 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. Who are the Typees?

2. What does Kory-Kory tell Toby and Tommo about the Happars?

3. What course of action does Toby urge for himself and Tommo?

4. How high is the waterfall Toby and the narrator encounter?

5. How long has it been since the narrator saw land, when the book opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the incident with the French and the English missionaries.

2. How does Tommo feel about his time on the Dolly?

3. Toby and Tommo follow a footpath. Where does it lead them, and how do they proceed?

4. Describe Toby and Tommo's escape from the ship.

5. Who comes to see the sailors on their first morning in the Typee village?

6. What do Toby and Tommo discover when they make it to the mountain?

7. What does Tommo see as his ship comes into Nukuheva bay?

8. What is Kory-Kory's relationship with Tommo like?

9. Describe the residents of the island of Nukuheva.

10. What is life like on the whaling ship for Tommo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cannibalism is a major threat in "Typee", but it is not much in evidence. Do the instances of supposed cannibalism live up to the threatening rhetoric about cannibalistic practices, or is cannibalism largely a red herring, an ultimately meaningless and unthreatening idea in the economy of the novel? How does the significance of cannibalism change throughout "Typee"?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the relationships between society and nature in the novel. What different uses does nature have to the whites? To the natives? Do the whites and natives have different relationships with the natural world? How does Melville characterize the different perspectives?

Essay Topic 3

Tommo's leg is swollen and a hindrance almost from the start of his narrative. What effect does this injury/illness have on Tommo's experience, what influence does it have on the novel and what does the illness/injury represent as a metaphor or symbol in the symbolic economy of the novel? Is it contrasted with instances of vitality and freedom of movement? Is injury or illness particular to Tommo as a white person?

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