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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Radney dislike Steelkilt?
(a) Steelkilt is handsome.
(b) Steelkilt is unfriendly.
(c) Steelkilt is insubordinate.
(d) Steelkilt is rude.

2. What previous employment had shaped Bartleby?
(a) Working in a morgue.
(b) Working as a court reporter.
(c) Working on a locomotive.
(d) Working in a dead letter office.

3. What office does the narrator of Bartleby hold that no longer exists?
(a) Master of Chancery.
(b) Justice of the Peace.
(c) County Coroner.
(d) Mayor.

4. What does Bartleby's demeanor show about his eccentricities?
(a) They are important.
(b) They are involuntary.
(c) They are unimportant.
(d) They are voluntary.

5. 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) On the deck of the Town-Ho.
(d) Lima, Peru.

6. What does the crew decide not to do after Steelkilt is flogged?
(a) Start a mutiny.
(b) Desert together.
(c) Obey the captain.
(d) Call out when whales were sighted.

7. What does a scrivener do?
(a) Researches legal precedents.
(b) Makes copies of legal documents.
(c) Organizes court records.
(d) Records testimony in court.

8. What does the arrangement of the office allow Bartleby to do with the narrator?
(a) Neither see him nor hear him.
(b) See him but not hear him.
(c) Both see and hear him.
(d) Hear him but not see him.

9. What is Poor Man's Pudding?
(a) Water, salt, and flour.
(b) Milk, eggs, and sugar.
(c) Rice, milk, and salt.
(d) Flour, sugar, cinnamon, and milk.

10. 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.

11. What two characteristics does Melville attribute to the islands of the Encantadas?
(a) Fascination and charm.
(b) Solitude and desolation.
(c) Beauty and peace.
(d) Silence and serenity.

12. 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 casualties, despotism, and knocks on the head.
(d) Full of dangers, snares, and delusions.

13. Who takes possession as the sole ruler of St. Charles Isle?
(a) A Chilean adventurer.
(b) A Creole soldier.
(c) A Peruvian king.
(d) A Bolivian pirate.

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

15. What did the American ship, the Essex, see in the Encantadas?
(a) An English ship.
(b) A ghost ship.
(c) An enchanted ship.
(d) A pirate ship.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Coulter come home for lunch?

2. What does Melville say is the most populous species on the island of Albermarle?

3. What benefit does the narrator get from his indulgence of Bartleby's eccentricities?

4. What do the Peruvian listeners force the storyteller to do to prove his story is true?

5. Why does the Town-Ho's captain have to put the ship into port?

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