Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life [Edited by George Woodcock] 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. What did the natives do to the captain who shot birds in the Bay of Tior, in Tommo's recollection?

2. From what do the Typees make cloth?

3. What does Tommo say the natives do before going to sleep?

4. How is breadfruit prepared?

5. Where is private property a Typee practice?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tommo say about the native practice of tattooing?

2. What happens after the second skirmish with the Happars?

3. Describe a typical day for Tommo.

4. Who is Moa Artua, and how is he treated?

5. What sight disturbs Tommo?

6. What does Tommo say about the Typees' different foods?

7. Describe Tommo's relationship with the women of Typee.

8. How does Tommo compare the Typees to white people?

9. Describe the harmonious aspects of Typee life Tommo notices.

10. Describe the preparations for the feast of the calabashes.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is "Typee" plotted, i.e. what questions or tensions are raised in the beginning to keep your interest, and how are the questions either resolved, or how do they change into other questions as the book proceeds? What are the predominant issues the book seems to be trying to resolve, and how does the book ultimately resolve them? Are new issues introduced? Are some issues left unresolved? How is resolution achieved, where there is resolution?

Essay Topic 2

Write a review of "Typee". What did the book set out to do, how did it set out to do it, and did it fulfill the promises it laid out in the opening chapters? How would you characterize the essence of this book? Melville's personality? Melville's literary interests and talents?

Essay Topic 3

What is Melville's relationship with his narrator? Are we as readers limited to the narrator's perspective, or does the author give us other perspectives, including his own (authorial) perspective? Describe the different lenses through which we see the action in "Typee".

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