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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 5 - 7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator's middle-aged employee offer to do for Bartleby?
(a) Black his eyes.
(b) Fire him.
(c) Teach him manners.
(d) Teach him better work habits.

2. How much does the uncle in "The Happy Failure" think his invention is worth?
(a) More than gold.
(b) More than his house.
(c) More than silver.
(d) More than a life's work.

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

4. What do the Peruvian listeners force the storyteller to do to prove his story is true?
(a) Show some evidence.
(b) Cross his heart.
(c) Produce another witness.
(d) Swear on the Bible.

5. What happens to the rooster when the Merrymusk family dies?
(a) The rooster goes home with the narrator.
(b) The rooster crows on the graves.
(c) The rooster dies too.
(d) The rooster is sold for five hundred dollars.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the other employees think of Bartleby's refusals?

2. What famous person expressed a good opinion of the narrator of Bartleby?

3. What makes Moby Dick an unusual whale?

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

5. How is the narrator punished for sneaking into the church?

(see the answer key)

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