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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 13 - 16.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two characteristics does Melville attribute to the islands of the Encantadas?
(a) Silence and serenity.
(b) Fascination and charm.
(c) Beauty and peace.
(d) Solitude and desolation.

2. How does the narrator in "The Lightning Rod Man" feel about the storm before the salesman arrives?
(a) He thinks the storm is "radiant" and "beautiful."
(b) He thinks the storm is "grand" and "glorious."
(c) He thinks the storm "thought-provoking."
(d) He thinks the storm is "terrifying."

3. Why does the narrator of "Jimmy Rose" refuse to change the wallpaper in his parlor?
(a) It reminds him of better days.
(b) It reminds him of Jimmy Rose.
(c) It reminds him or a rose garden.
(d) It reminds him of his childhood.

4. How does Merrymusk convince the narrator that he is a rich man?
(a) He has a barn full of hay.
(b) He has a large tract of land.
(c) He has a large family.
(d) He has a rooster worth five hundred dollars.

5. What surprises the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" about the owner of the rooster?
(a) He is old.
(b) He is poor.
(c) He has a large family.
(d) He has many such roosters.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator of "The Apple-Tree Table" feel as his wife and daughters become more frightened?

2. What does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe the rooster's crow is saying?

3. To what sight in the city does Melville compare the islands of the Encantadas?

4. What sort of feet did the apple-tree table have?

5. What happens to the rooster when the Merrymusk family dies?

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