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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. How does the lightning rod salesman feel about thunderstorms?
(a) He is assured of his own safety.
(b) He is relaxed and unafraid.
(c) He is terrified.
(d) He is confident.

2. How does Melville describe Captain Delano's personality?
(a) Trusting and benevolent.
(b) Pessimistic and unhappy.
(c) Autocratic and dictatorial.
(d) Mistrustful and suspicious.

3. What does the crew decide to do after Steelkilt is flogged?
(a) Start a mutiny.
(b) Obey the captain.
(c) Desert together.
(d) Murder Radney.

4. With what weapon does Radney threaten Steelkilt?
(a) A hammer.
(b) A knife.
(c) A gun.
(d) A rope.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the failure of his invention do for the uncle in "The Happy Failure?"

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

3. How does Captain Delano evaluate Benito Cereno's condition when he first meets him?

4. What is unusual about the strange ship's figurehead?

5. What causes Captain Delano to suspect Benito Cereno is an impostor?

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