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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is the strange ship low on provisions?
(a) They have been becalmed.
(b) They have taken on additional passengers.
(c) They have been under supplied.
(d) They have been lost.

5. What first alarms the narrator about the apple-tree table?
(a) A sense of pervading evil.
(b) A steady drip.
(c) A mysterious odor.
(d) A ticking sound.

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

7. Why does John Gentian take "liberties with etiquette"?
(a) He is straightforward and impulsive.
(b) He is concerned with larger issues.
(c) He is unlearned.
(d) He is rude and thoughtless.

8. What disease does Captain Delano learn has swept off much of the crew and cargo of slaves?
(a) Malaria.
(b) Cholera.
(c) Rickets.
(d) Scurvy.

9. What contributes to the narrator's thoughts about the apple-tree table being supernatural?
(a) The table is unusually beautiful.
(b) The table is Satanic-looking.
(c) The table is old.
(d) The table is inscribed with signs and symbols.

10. Where do "'Gees" come from?
(a) Portugal.
(b) Africa.
(c) Brazil.
(d) Fogo.

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

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

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Captain Delano evaluate Benito Cereno's condition when he first meets him?

2. What sort of feet did the apple-tree table have?

3. What first attracts the narrator of "The Piazza" to a building far in the mountains?

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

5. What is unusual about the strange ship's figurehead?

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