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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What surprises the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" about the owner of the rooster?
(a) He is old.
(b) He is poor.
(c) He has many such roosters.
(d) He has a large family.

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

3. What is the profession of the narrator of Bartleby?
(a) Tax accountant.
(b) Stockbroker.
(c) Judge.
(d) Lawyer.

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

5. Why does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" call the rooster Signor Beneventano?
(a) The rooster reminds him of a character in a play.
(b) The rooster reminds him of a character in a book.
(c) The rooster reminds him of his neighbor.
(d) The rooster reminds him of a song.

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

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

8. What nicknames does the narrator of Bartleby give his employees?
(a) Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut.
(b) Chicken, Rooster, and Cluck.
(c) Chompers, Grumpy, and Short Stuff.
(d) Grandpa, Grumpy, and The Kid.

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

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

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

12. What is unusual about the pork at the Coulters' dinner table?
(a) It is last year's.
(b) It is only hides.
(c) It is only fat and gristle.
(d) It is not really pork.

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

14. What does the narrator say a man does when confronted with an unreasonable situation?
(a) Acquiesces out of courtesy.
(b) Digs in his heels.
(c) Doubts the other person.
(d) Questions his own mind.

15. How does the narrator of "The Two Temples" attend the meeting at the church?
(a) He sneaks into the foyer.
(b) He bribes the man who guards the door.
(c) He hides in the bell tower.
(d) He disguises himself as the bell ringer.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bartleby respond to the other employees?

2. What part of the United States does the narrator of the Town-Ho's story claim is much like the sea?

3. In which of Melville's novels is "The Town-Ho's Story" included?

4. How does Steelkilt respond to Radney's request that he sweep the deck?

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

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