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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the narrator in The Town-Ho's story tell his tale?
(a) The Cape of Good Hope.
(b) On the deck of the Pequod.
(c) Lima, Peru.
(d) On the deck of the Town-Ho.

2. What part of the United States does the narrator of the Town-Ho's story claim is much like the sea?
(a) The Erie Canal.
(b) The Mississippi.
(c) The Great Lakes region.
(d) Lake Tahoe.

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 creditor is a grumpy person.
(c) His debt was unfairly imposed.
(d) His interest payments are exorbitant.

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

5. What age is the narrator of Bartleby?
(a) In his forties.
(b) In his sixties.
(c) In his fifties.
(d) In his thirties.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What surprises the narrator when he goes to his office on a Sunday?

3. With what weapon does Radney threaten Steelkilt?

4. What does Blandmour believe God does for the poor?

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

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