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

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

2. Who takes possession as the sole ruler of St. Charles Isle?
(a) A Peruvian king.
(b) A Chilean adventurer.
(c) A Bolivian pirate.
(d) A Creole soldier.

3. Why does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe he should not be sued?
(a) He is a hospitable, generous man.
(b) His interest payments are exorbitant.
(c) His debt was unfairly imposed.
(d) His creditor is a grumpy person.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the crew members do as soon as the Town-Ho reaches port?

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

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

4. Why does the Town-Ho's captain have to put the ship into port?

5. Why doesn't the narrator dismiss Bartleby for insubordination?

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