Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Herman Melville
INFO

Lingua inglese

Herman Melville: life
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Melville was born in New York City in ________.
2. Even though his was a wealthy merchant family, Melville had to give up his studies at the age of 12 after his ________'s death and take up various jobs.
3. In 1839 Melville became a member of the ________ of a merchant ship and travelled widely.
4. In 1841 he joined the whaling ship ________, but the year after he deserted the whaler to stay in the Marquesas Islands, now belonging to French Polynesia.
5. He started writing ________ and stories about his sea adventures with great success.
6. His decline began with the publication of ________.
7. When he died, Melville had been almost ________ by American readers.
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Herman Melville: key words
Tick the words or phrases related to Herman Melville.
A: New York City.
B: Salem.
C: Voyages.
D: Sea.
E: Decline.
F: Poet Laureate.
G: Children's literature.
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Herman Melville: works
Match Melville's works with their correct description.

1. A book based on Melville's experience in the Marquesas Islands: ________
2. The sequel of Melville's first book: ________
3. Melville's masterpiece: ________
4. Melville's posthumous book: ________
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Moby-Dick: plot and setting
Read the text below and find the five mistakes in it.

The novel is set in the 1830s and the 1840s aboard a merchant ship called Pequod. The ship sails across the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The captain, Ahab, has a mission: chasing and killing Moby Dick, a white sperm whale that had bitten off his hand in a previous expedition.
The whale is seen and hunted by the eccentric crew for three years, until Ahab wounds it. Eventually the raging whale destroys the whaler and its crew, except for the narrator, Ishmael, who manages to float upon a lifeboat.
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Moby-Dick: the whiteness of the whale
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: A whole chapter of the novel is devoted to the whiteness of the whale.
B: The whiteness of Moby Dick is defined by Ishmael as absence of colour.
C: Moby Dick is considered by Ahab to be the personification of the evil in the world.
D: The white whale represents a sort of mirror for Ahab and his crew.
E: Moby Dick is a symbol of the hidden forces of nature.
F: The hunt of the whale symbolises the archetypal conflict between God and nature.
G: In the novel Moby Dick is only considered a source of oil, meat and spermaceti oil.
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Moby-Dick: the character of Ahab
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

According to critics, Captain Ahab
A: thinks he is equal to God.
B: rejects the devil in favour of an alliance with God.
C: represents the instinctive spirituality of the New World.
D: is a tragic hero looking for an apocalypse.
E: is a poor old cripple who deserves piety.
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Moby-Dick: characters
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. He is a wise and cautious first mate: ________
2. He is a Maori that Ahab has hired because of his ability with the harpoon: ________
3. He is the cabin boy: ________
4. He joins the crew in Nantucket before the departure of the ship: ________
5. He has devoted his life to hunting down and killing a white sperm whale: ________
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Moby-Dick: themes
Choose the correct alternative to complete the text.

Moby-Dick is a very ________ novel since it echoes some characteristics of the new nation. The novel features a mixture of ________ united by the search for an ideal. The author shows ________ sympathy for the dignity of the hunters' work. But Moby-Dick is also a pessimistic novel, because it is based on the ________ of illusions. The novel is different from Whitman's poetry in that it lacks its ________ tone.
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Moby-Dick: themes
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Ahab's quest reminds the reader of the wonderings of ________.
2. The biblical history of ________ echoes Ahab's punishment.
3. Like the ________, Ishmael is the only one who survives his adventure and is bound to tell his story.
4. The symbolical use of nature in the novel is influenced by the English ________ poets.
5. Captain Ahab has been compared to ________ because he challenges nature like a tragic hero up to the final disaster.
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Moby-Dick: style
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The novel's language is very heterogeneous: sometimes the style is colloquial, at other times it is symbolical and figurative.
B: The first pages of the novel include dictionary definitions of the whale and an indication of the whale's name in 2 languages.
C: The novel is full of quotations from various sources about whales.
D: The anatomy of the whale is described in the novel, together with the tools needed to hunt and kill it.
E: The novel has one omniscient impersonal narrator.
F: Shakespeare's influence can be seen in the dramatic techniques used in some scenes.
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