Great Short Works of Herman Melville Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3 and 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what sight in the city does Melville compare the islands of the Encantadas?
(a) A pile of leaves.
(b) A pile of cinders.
(c) A pile of trash.
(d) A pile of rocks.

2. What do the other employees think of Bartleby's refusals?
(a) They think Bartleby should be promoted.
(b) They think Bartleby should be excused.
(c) They think Bartleby should be forgiven.
(d) They think Bartleby should be fired.

3. What did the American ship, the Essex, see in the Encantadas?
(a) A pirate ship.
(b) A ghost ship.
(c) An English ship.
(d) An enchanted ship.

4. What does Melville say is the most populous species on the island of Albermarle?
(a) Lizards.
(b) People.
(c) Spiders.
(d) Snakes.

5. Why does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" call the rooster Signor Beneventano?
(a) The rooster reminds him of a song.
(b) The rooster reminds him of his neighbor.
(c) The rooster reminds him of a character in a book.
(d) The rooster reminds him of a character in a play.

Short Answer Questions

1. What surprises the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" about the owner of the rooster?

2. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" view the world?

3. Why does Radney dislike Steelkilt?

4. What does Bartleby's demeanor show about his eccentricities?

5. How does Bartleby respond to the other employees?

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