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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 nicknames does the narrator of Bartleby give his employees?
(a) Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut.
(b) Grandpa, Grumpy, and The Kid.
(c) Chicken, Rooster, and Cluck.
(d) Chompers, Grumpy, and Short Stuff.

2. What does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" believe the rooster's crow is saying?
(a) Glory be to God in the highest!
(b) Hello!
(c) Beware!
(d) Hark!

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

4. Who is the worst enemy of the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?"
(a) His banker.
(b) His wife.
(c) His neighbor.
(d) His creditor.

5. Where do both the captain and Steelkilt go after they separate?
(a) Tahiti.
(b) Hawaii.
(c) France.
(d) England.

Short Answer Questions

1. With what alliteration does Melville describe the islands?

2. What surprises the narrator when he goes to his office on a Sunday?

3. What food does Bartleby appear to eat exclusively?

4. How does the narrator get into the London theater presentation?

5. How does Melville describe pelicans?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was disrespectful about Radney asking Steelkilt to sweep the deck?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?

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

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

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

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