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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. To what sight in the city does Melville compare the islands of the Encantadas?
(a) A pile of trash.
(b) A pile of cinders.
(c) A pile of leaves.
(d) A pile of rocks.

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

3. In which of Melville's novels is "The Town-Ho's Story" included?
(a) Mardi.
(b) Billy Budd.
(c) The Confidence Man.
(d) Moby Dick.

4. What did the American ship, the Essex, see in the Encantadas?
(a) An English ship.
(b) A ghost ship.
(c) An enchanted ship.
(d) A pirate ship.

5. How does Bartleby respond to the other employees?
(a) He ignores them.
(b) He resents them.
(c) He emulates them.
(d) He thanks them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who takes possession as the sole ruler of St. Charles Isle?

2. What action does Steelkilt determine to take after being locked in the hold?

3. What does a scrivener do?

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

5. What office does the narrator of Bartleby hold that no longer exists?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Nippers's shortcoming as a scrivener?

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

3. What does the author of "Poor Man's Pudding" and "Rich Man's Crumbs" pray that Heaven will save him from?

4. What did Steelkilt's followers decide to do upon their release?

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

6. In "The Happy Failure," what is the uncle's great invention?

7. What words does the narrator use to describe Bartleby when he first meets him?

8. In "Rich Man's Crumbs," why is the narrator called a "graceless ragamuffin"?

9. How does the narrator respond the first time Bartleby answers a request with, "I would prefer not to"?

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

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