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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 does Melville call the government the Creole soldier established on St. Charles?
(a) A democracy.
(b) A monarchy.
(c) A theocracy.
(d) A riotocracy.

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

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

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

5. What makes Moby Dick an unusual whale?
(a) He is intelligent and communicates with people.
(b) He has supernatural powers.
(c) He is unusually small, white, and intelligent.
(d) He is unusually large, white, and vengeful.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does the onstage action in the London theater remind the narrator?

2. How does the narrator describe the men who work the Erie Canal?

3. What was the message of the church meeting the narrator observed?

4. Why is the narrator not pleased with Bartleby's industriousness?

5. What does a scrivener do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?

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

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

4. What superstition do sailors have about the tortoises in "The Encantadas"?

5. What skills are necessary for a scrivener?

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

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

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

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

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

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