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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 do Steelkilt's three remaining conspirators decide to do to save themselves?
(a) Support Steelkilt's mutiny.
(b) Kill Steelkilt.
(c) Bind Steelkilt and give him to the captain.
(d) Sneak back to their posts.

2. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" view locomotives and steamships?
(a) As uniters of families.
(b) As symbols of human ingenuity.
(c) As harbingers of a bright future.
(d) As instruments of destruction.

3. What prevents Steelkilt from taking revenge on Radney?
(a) The captain orders Radney executed.
(b) Radney apologizes.
(c) Steelkilt has a change of heart.
(d) Moby Dick kills Radney.

4. What has the uncle in "The Happy Failure" invented?
(a) A device for draining swamps.
(b) A device for diverting rivers.
(c) A device for purifying water.
(d) A device for building dams.

5. What do the other employees think of Bartleby's refusals?
(a) They think Bartleby should be promoted.
(b) They think Bartleby should be excused.
(c) They think Bartleby should be forgiven.
(d) They think Bartleby should be fired.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing Bartleby says he would prefer not to do?

2. How does the narrator accommodate the weakness of his oldest scrivener?

3. What age is the narrator of Bartleby?

4. What is the main task of the narrator's youngest employee in Bartleby?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What stylistic devices does Melville use to give the reader the feeling of the rooster's crow in "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo"?

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

5. What skills are necessary for a scrivener?

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

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

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

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

10. How does the creditor in "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo" torment the narrator?

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