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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12 - Benito Cereno.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What overcomes Captain Delano's criticism of Benito Cereno?
(a) Sorrow.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Courtesy.
(d) Understanding.

2. What is the main task of the narrator's youngest employee in Bartleby?
(a) Cook.
(b) Copying.
(c) Errand boy.
(d) Legal research.

3. What surprises the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" about the owner of the rooster?
(a) He has a large family.
(b) He is old.
(c) He is poor.
(d) He has many such roosters.

4. What god does the narrator in "The Lightning Rod Man" think the salesman resembles?
(a) Jupiter.
(b) Poseidon.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Zeus.

5. What famous person expressed a good opinion of the narrator of Bartleby?
(a) John Jacob Astor.
(b) Andrew Carnegie.
(c) John D. Rockefeller.
(d) Theodore Roosevelt.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Bannadonna excused for the homicide he committed?

2. How does Melville describe pelicans?

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

4. What does the crew decide not to do after Steelkilt is flogged?

5. What sentence was chalked below the figurehead?

(see the answer key)

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