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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What object does the lookout spot that takes Melville's ship to Norfolk Isle?
(a) A handkerchief.
(b) A white bird.
(c) An American flag.
(d) A burning fire.

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

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

4. Who is the worst enemy of the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?"
(a) His creditor.
(b) His neighbor.
(c) His banker.
(d) His wife.

5. What does Melville believe the charities of London do for the poor?
(a) The charities of London madden the poor.
(b) The charities of London soften the poor.
(c) The charities of London embolden the poor.
(d) The charities of London strengthen the poor.

6. What food does Bartleby appear to eat exclusively?
(a) Porridge.
(b) Pine nuts.
(c) Ginger nuts.
(d) Chestnuts.

7. What surprises the narrator when he goes to his office on a Sunday?
(a) Bartleby has invited friends to the office.
(b) Bartleby has been living there.
(c) Bartleby has stolen his things.
(d) Bartleby has been working on the weekend.

8. What does Blandmour believe God does for the poor?
(a) God gives the poor everything they need for free.
(b) God charges the rich to care for the poor.
(c) God gives the poor very little help.
(d) God gives the poor the challenges they need.

9. How does the narrator describe life on the sea as compared to farming or working the Erie Canal?
(a) Sea life is "daring and brave."
(b) Sea life is "quietly Christian."
(c) Sea life is "calm and pure."
(d) Sea life is "reckless and barbaric."

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

11. What emotion does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" say he has never felt since the rooster died?
(a) The cheerful joys.
(b) The warm contentment.
(c) The silly slaphappiness.
(d) The doleful dumps.

12. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" view locomotives and steamships?
(a) As symbols of human ingenuity.
(b) As instruments of destruction.
(c) As harbingers of a bright future.
(d) As uniters of families.

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

14. What do the crew members do as soon as the Town-Ho reaches port?
(a) They call for help.
(b) They give up life on the sea.
(c) They desert the ship.
(d) They murder the captain.

15. How does the narrator get into the London theater presentation?
(a) A stranger gives him a ticket.
(b) He pawns his overcoat to buy a ticket.
(c) He sneaks in a side door.
(d) He finds a ticket on the sidewalk.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing Bartleby says he would prefer not to do?

2. What is unusual about the pork at the Coulters' dinner table?

3. What does a scrivener do?

4. Of what does the onstage action in the London theater remind the narrator?

5. What do Steelkilt's three remaining conspirators decide to do to save themselves?

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