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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much does the uncle in "The Happy Failure" think his invention is worth?
(a) More than his house.
(b) More than a life's work.
(c) More than silver.
(d) More than gold.

2. How does Steelkilt respond to Radney's request that he sweep the deck?
(a) He meekly obeys.
(b) He loudly refuses.
(c) He quietly refuses.
(d) He complains loudly.

3. Why does the captain decide not to flog Steelkilt?
(a) He suddenly feels the menace of the rest of the crew.
(b) Steelkilt makes an inaudible threat.
(c) He suddenly feels ashamed of his own behavior.
(d) He suddenly feels sorry for Steelkilt.

4. With what alliteration does Melville describe the islands?
(a) Dark, doleful doomsday.
(b) Fruitful festival of fecundity.
(c) An archipelago of aridities.
(d) Extensive elegant exotica.

5. Whose job is it to normally sweep the deck of a ship?
(a) All members of the work gangs.
(b) The lowest seaman.
(c) The boys on board.
(d) The men on watch.

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

7. What has the uncle in "The Happy Failure" invented?
(a) A device for diverting rivers.
(b) A device for building dams.
(c) A device for purifying water.
(d) A device for draining swamps.

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

9. What does the narrator's middle-aged employee offer to do for Bartleby?
(a) Teach him manners.
(b) Black his eyes.
(c) Fire him.
(d) Teach him better work habits.

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

11. What was the message of the church meeting the narrator observed?
(a) "Hide not your light under a bushel."
(b) "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's."
(c) "Ye are the salt of the earth."
(d) "Repent and be saved."

12. Of what does the onstage action in the London theater remind the narrator?
(a) The church service he had watched from the bell tower.
(b) The theater at home on Broadway.
(c) The curmudgeonly landlady at his boarding house.
(d) His own childhood.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the arrangement of the office allow Bartleby to do with the narrator?

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

3. Who takes possession as the sole ruler of St. Charles Isle?

4. With what weapon does Radney threaten Steelkilt?

5. What country possessed the Encantadas at the time Melville wrote?

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