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 John Gentian say are caused by stirring deeds?
(a) Stirring thoughts.
(b) Stirring novels.
(c) Stirring songs.
(d) Stirring rhymes.

2. What overcomes Captain Delano's criticism of Benito Cereno?
(a) Understanding.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Sorrow.
(d) Courtesy.

3. What causes Captain Delano to suspect Benito Cereno is an impostor?
(a) His bad manners.
(b) His confusion.
(c) His weakness in command.
(d) His ignorance of seamanship.

4. What loss of John Gentian's is noticed most on May thirtieth?
(a) His limp.
(b) His blinded eye.
(c) His empty sleeve.
(d) His missing ear.

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

6. Why does the narrator of "I and My Chimney" decide never to leave home?
(a) He is standing guard over the chimney.
(b) He is busy rebuilding the house.
(c) He is "sour and unsocial."
(d) His wife won't permit it.

7. Why does the narrator of "I and My Chimney" identify with his chimney?
(a) They are both an annoyance to the household.
(b) They are both. the center of attention.
(c) They are both tall and handsome.
(d) They are both obese old smokers.

8. What did Jimmy Rose have to offer the rich after he lost his fortune?
(a) Companionship.
(b) Entertainment.
(c) Compliments.
(d) Jewelry.

9. Why was Bannadonna excused for the homicide he committed?
(a) It was done in self-defense.
(b) It was caused by esthetic passion.
(c) It was accidental.
(d) It was justifiable.

10. What first attracts the narrator of "The Piazza" to a building far in the mountains?
(a) A river runs through it.
(b) It's exactly ninety degrees ahead of his piazza.
(c) A rainbow ends there.
(d) The windows shine like gold.

11. Who lives in the cottage that the narrator of "The Piazza" finds in the mountains?
(a) No one.
(b) An orphaned brother and sister.
(c) A lonely widow.
(d) A newlywed husband and wife.

12. What does Benito Cereno say has happened to his partner, Alexandro Aranda?
(a) He fell overboard.
(b) He was murdered.
(c) He died of fever.
(d) He left the ship at the last port.

13. What does Melville hope to do for the Marquis de Grandvin?
(a) Make him immortal.
(b) Make him rich.
(c) Make him happy.
(d) Make him famous.

14. How does Melville describe Captain Delano's personality?
(a) Trusting and benevolent.
(b) Autocratic and dictatorial.
(c) Mistrustful and suspicious.
(d) Pessimistic and unhappy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What first alarms the narrator about the apple-tree table?

2. What is the attitude of the bachelors in the Temple toward pain and trouble?

3. Why does the narrator of "The Piazza" feel that the house must have a piazza?

4. In "The Piazza," how does the narrator's house look to the inhabitants of the mountain cottage?

5. Why does the narrator of "The Piazza" believe the soil is richer around the cottage that he finds?

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