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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do the other employees think of Bartleby's refusals?
(a) They think Bartleby should be promoted.
(b) They think Bartleby should be forgiven.
(c) They think Bartleby should be excused.
(d) They think Bartleby should be fired.

3. How does the narrator accommodate the weakness of his oldest scrivener?
(a) By hiring an assistant for him.
(b) By giving him unimportant papers in the afternoon.
(c) By giving him unimportant papers in the morning.
(d) By allowing him to work only half a day.

4. What does Steelkilt threaten to do if he is flogged by the captain?
(a) Murder the captain.
(b) Jump overboard.
(c) Seek an unnamed revenge.
(d) Tell the admiralty board of review.

5. How does Bartleby respond to the other employees?
(a) He ignores them.
(b) He thanks them.
(c) He emulates them.
(d) He resents them.

6. What action does Steelkilt determine to take after being locked in the hold?
(a) He will apologize.
(b) He will kill Radney.
(c) He will kill the captain.
(d) He will seize the ship.

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

8. What is the narrator's condition when he goes to the theater in London?
(a) He is well-fed and relaxed.
(b) He is comfortable and among friends.
(c) He is bored and overfed.
(d) He is broke and alone.

9. What quality of Bartleby's induces the narrator to hire him?
(a) Bartleby is sedate.
(b) Bartleby is efficient.
(c) Bartleby is friendly.
(d) Bartleby is energetic.

10. What animal from the islands supplies sailors with food and utensils?
(a) The tortoise.
(b) The iguana.
(c) The seal.
(d) The albatross.

11. What did the failure of his invention do for the uncle in "The Happy Failure?"
(a) Made him disappointed.
(b) Made him furious.
(c) Made him more determined.
(d) Made him a good man.

12. How does Merrymusk convince the narrator that he is a rich man?
(a) He has a large tract of land.
(b) He has a rooster worth five hundred dollars.
(c) He has a barn full of hay.
(d) He has a large family.

13. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" view the world?
(a) Full of puzzles, traps, and confusion.
(b) Full of sunshine, flowers, and rainbows.
(c) Full of dangers, snares, and delusions.
(d) Full of casualties, despotism, and knocks on the head.

14. What did a strange boy give the narrator in the theater?
(a) A cup of ale.
(b) A cup of coffee.
(c) A cake of barley.
(d) An unexpected smile.

15. What does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe the rooster's crow is saying?
(a) Hello!
(b) Hark!
(c) Glory be to God in the highest!
(d) Beware!

Short Answer Questions

1. What has the uncle in "The Happy Failure" invented?

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

3. What do Steelkilt and his men demand in return for obeying orders?

4. What nicknames does the narrator of Bartleby give his employees?

5. What did the American ship, the Essex, see in the Encantadas?

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