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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2 - Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the captain decide not to flog Steelkilt?
(a) He suddenly feels sorry for Steelkilt.
(b) He suddenly feels the menace of the rest of the crew.
(c) He suddenly feels ashamed of his own behavior.
(d) Steelkilt makes an inaudible threat.

2. What benefit does the narrator get from his indulgence of Bartleby's eccentricities?
(a) Bartleby's friendship.
(b) The approval of his peers.
(c) The approval of his employees.
(d) Self-approval.

3. How does the narrator describe life on the sea as compared to farming or working the Erie Canal?
(a) Sea life is "calm and pure."
(b) Sea life is "daring and brave."
(c) Sea life is "reckless and barbaric."
(d) Sea life is "quietly Christian."

4. What are the two failings the narrator sees in his middle-aged scrivener?
(a) Ambition and indigestion.
(b) Indigestion and messiness.
(c) A bad temper and gambling.
(d) Dishonesty and ambition.

5. How does the narrator accommodate the weakness of his oldest scrivener?
(a) By allowing him to work only half a day.
(b) By giving him unimportant papers in the morning.
(c) By hiring an assistant for him.
(d) By giving him unimportant papers in the afternoon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What prevents Steelkilt from taking revenge on Radney?

2. What previous employment had shaped Bartleby?

3. In which of Melville's novels is "The Town-Ho's Story" included?

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

5. What does the narrator say a man does when confronted with an unreasonable situation?

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