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

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

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

4. What is Poor Man's Pudding?
(a) Flour, sugar, cinnamon, and milk.
(b) Water, salt, and flour.
(c) Rice, milk, and salt.
(d) Milk, eggs, and sugar.

5. How does Merrymusk convince the narrator that he is a rich man?
(a) He has a rooster worth five hundred dollars.
(b) He has a large family.
(c) He has a barn full of hay.
(d) He has a large tract of land.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did buccaneers leave on the islands that Melville claims is proof of their better traits?

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

3. What does Melville call the government the Creole soldier established on St. Charles?

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

5. What age is the narrator of Bartleby?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did the first seven of Steelkilt's men come out of their imprisonment?

9. What skills are necessary for a scrivener?

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

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