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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How long has the uncle in "The Happy Failure" worked on his invention?
(a) Ten years.
(b) All month.
(c) Three months.
(d) All year.

4. Of what does the onstage action in the London theater remind the narrator?
(a) The curmudgeonly landlady at his boarding house.
(b) His own childhood.
(c) The theater at home on Broadway.
(d) The church service he had watched from the bell tower.

5. What does Melville say is the most populous species on the island of Albermarle?
(a) Lizards.
(b) People.
(c) Spiders.
(d) Snakes.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Melville describe pelicans?

2. What did a strange boy give the narrator in the theater?

3. To what sight in the city does Melville compare the islands of the Encantadas?

4. What nicknames does the narrator of Bartleby give his employees?

5. Why does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" call the rooster Signor Beneventano?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the accuracy of copy verified by scriveners?

2. Why is the direct route for an ocean voyage not always the fastest or best, according to Melville in "The Encantadas"?

3. What are Turkey's shortcomings as a scrivener?

4. Why does Melville come to believe that some buccaneers on the isle of Albermarle must have been gentlemen?

5. What do the sailors in "The Encantadas" do with tortoises?

6. What does the captain decide to do with Steelkilt and those who followed him in insubordination?

7. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?

8. What does the narrator say happens to one in command who discovers a subordinate who is "significantly his superior"?

9. How does the poet Blandmour feel about poverty in "Poor Man's Pudding"?

10. Why does Melville refer to Oberlus as "a creature whom it is religion to detest?"

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