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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the crew decide to do after Steelkilt is flogged?
(a) Murder Radney.
(b) Obey the captain.
(c) Desert together.
(d) Start a mutiny.

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

3. What prevents Steelkilt from taking revenge on Radney?
(a) Steelkilt has a change of heart.
(b) The captain orders Radney executed.
(c) Radney apologizes.
(d) Moby Dick kills Radney.

4. What does Melville call the government the Creole soldier established on St. Charles?
(a) A monarchy.
(b) A riotocracy.
(c) A democracy.
(d) A theocracy.

5. What animal does Melville claim is not at home at sea, on land, or in the air?
(a) The bat.
(b) The penguin.
(c) The cormorant.
(d) The walrus.

6. 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 a good man.
(d) Made him more determined.

7. What benefit does the narrator get from his indulgence of Bartleby's eccentricities?
(a) Bartleby's friendship.
(b) The approval of his peers.
(c) Self-approval.
(d) The approval of his employees.

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

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

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 Mississippi.
(d) The Erie Canal.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the narrator punished for sneaking into the church?

2. Why does the captain fear to shoot Steelkilt for his insubordination?

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

4. Who is the worst enemy of the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?"

5. What famous person expressed a good opinion of the narrator of Bartleby?

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