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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 17 - 21.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Melville describe Captain Delano's personality?
(a) Autocratic and dictatorial.
(b) Trusting and benevolent.
(c) Mistrustful and suspicious.
(d) Pessimistic and unhappy.

2. Who are Pedro and Sebastian in The Town-Ho's Story?
(a) Sailors on the Town-Ho.
(b) Writers.
(c) Friends of the narrator.
(d) Sailors on the Pequod.

3. How is the narrator punished for sneaking into the church?
(a) He is warned and set free.
(b) He is publicly embarrassed, but pardoned.
(c) He is imprisoned.
(d) He is jailed overnight and fined.

4. What did Jimmy Rose have to offer the rich after he lost his fortune?
(a) Compliments.
(b) Jewelry.
(c) Companionship.
(d) Entertainment.

5. What is unusual about the strange ship's figurehead?
(a) It is beautifully carved.
(b) It is covered in canvas wrapping.
(c) It is obviously from Castile.
(d) It is a plain, unmarked beak.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does a scrivener do?

2. What animal from the islands supplies sailors with food and utensils?

3. How does the narrator accommodate the weakness of his oldest scrivener?

4. What first attracts the narrator of "The Piazza" to a building far in the mountains?

5. What does the narrator in "The Paradise of Bachelors" say has become of the Knights Templar?

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