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 does Kory-Kory tell Tommo about the ancient site?

2. Why do the natives grow up to be good swimmers, in Tommo's experience?

3. How do the women dress for the feast?

4. When the Typees prepare for their feast, what do they make their pyramid out of?

5. What is it taboo for Tommo to touch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Tommo entertain the Typee children?

4. Describe the Stonehenge-like site Tommo sees.

5. What sight disturbs Tommo?

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

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

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

9. How does Tommo's leg affect his relationship with the natives?

10. How does Tommo describe the difference between men's work and women's work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How would you describe "Typee" as an allegory? What allegorical or moral meaning does "Typee" have? What is it an allegory for? What do its plot, its development, and its ultimate resolution teach us? Is there a clear moral to the book? Do you think the book's moral is clear, intentionally vague, or accidentally vague?

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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