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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. Where does the narrator in The Town-Ho's story tell his tale?
(a) The Cape of Good Hope.
(b) On the deck of the Town-Ho.
(c) Lima, Peru.
(d) On the deck of the Pequod.

2. With what weapon does Radney threaten Steelkilt?
(a) A knife.
(b) A rope.
(c) A hammer.
(d) A gun.

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

4. How does the narrator accommodate the weakness of his oldest scrivener?
(a) By hiring an assistant for him.
(b) By giving him unimportant papers in the morning.
(c) By allowing him to work only half a day.
(d) By giving him unimportant papers in the afternoon.

5. How does Melville describe pelicans?
(a) Clever and complicated.
(b) Modest and humble.
(c) Woebegone and penitential.
(d) Elegant and streamlined.

Short Answer Questions

1. What famous person expressed a good opinion of the narrator of Bartleby?

2. What quality of Bartleby's induces the narrator to hire him?

3. What surprises the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" about the owner of the rooster?

4. What does Steelkilt threaten to do if he is flogged by the captain?

5. What is Poor Man's Pudding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose does the circle of listeners serve in "The Town-Ho's Story"?

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

3. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?

4. Why does the narrator continue to accept Bartleby's refusals?

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

6. Why does Melville call Redondo the "aviary of the ocean"?

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

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

9. Why does Melville believe that American poor suffer more than European poor?

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

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