Great Short Works of Herman Melville Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator decide to give the apple-tree table when he first discovers it?
(a) A place of honor.
(b) Kind attention.
(c) A happier book.
(d) A warm environment.

2. How does the lightning rod salesman feel about thunderstorms?
(a) He is relaxed and unafraid.
(b) He is assured of his own safety.
(c) He is terrified.
(d) He is confident.

3. In "I and My Chimney," what is the narrator's wife's maxim?
(a) Whatever is not, is not.
(b) Whatever.
(c) Whatever is, is wrong and must be altered.
(d) Whatever is, is right.

4. Who wrote the book lying on the apple-tree table?
(a) Hawthorne.
(b) Faust.
(c) Melville.
(d) Cotton Mather.

5. Why does the narrator of "The Piazza" feel that the house must have a piazza?
(a) A piazza would increase the home's value.
(b) All the neighbors have piazzas.
(c) Piazzas are in fashion.
(d) The house has a spectacular view.

6. Who finally persuaded the narrator of "I and My Chimney" to knock a few feet off the chimney?
(a) His daughters.
(b) His wife.
(c) His neighbor.
(d) His mortgage holder

7. What was the disadvantage of building the piazza on the north side of the house?
(a) The north side faces the village.
(b) The north side is coldest.
(c) The north side has the narrowest view.
(d) The north side faces the neighbors.

8. What does the narrator in "The Fiddler" aspire to become?
(a) Famous.
(b) Rich.
(c) Brilliant.
(d) Happy.

9. To what did Captain Delano attribute Benito Cereno's ineffectiveness as captain?
(a) Ignorance, pride, and stubbornness.
(b) Foolhardy disregard for good advice.
(c) Cruelty, harshness, and unkindness.
(d) Youth, sickness, and gentility.

10. What is the attitude of the bachelors in the Temple toward pain and trouble?
(a) Pain and trouble are everywhere.
(b) Pain and trouble are unavoidable.
(c) Pain and trouble are for other people.
(d) Pain and trouble are nonexistent.

11. What do the maids work to produce?
(a) Paper.
(b) Fabric.
(c) Machinery.
(d) Toothpicks.

12. What does the narrator's wife think of his apprehension about the apple-tree table?
(a) She thinks he is crazy.
(b) She thinks he is trying to frighten her.
(c) She thinks he is making it up.
(d) She thinks he is drunk.

13. How did Captain Delano evaluate the relationship between Benito Cereno and Babo?
(a) An enviable spectacle of fidelity.
(b) A shocking breach of convention.
(c) A distressing lack of respect.
(d) A frightening scene of dependency.

14. How does the narrator of "The Piazza" travel to the spot in the mountains that he wants to see?
(a) In a yawl.
(b) In a carriage.
(c) On horseback.
(d) On foot.

15. Why does the narrator of "The Piazza" believe the soil is richer around the cottage that he finds?
(a) The owners have planted there.
(b) There is a sense of blessedness there.
(c) There is more sunlight there.
(d) The garden is obviously well-fed there.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Captain Delano glad he was not astute enough to recognize the mutiny?

2. What contributes to the narrator's thoughts about the apple-tree table being supernatural?

3. Why does the narrator of "I and My Chimney" decide never to leave home?

4. How does the narrator in "The Lightning Rod Man" feel about the storm before the salesman arrives?

5. What overcomes Captain Delano's criticism of Benito Cereno?

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