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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 the Peruvian listeners force the storyteller to do to prove his story is true?
(a) Swear on the Bible.
(b) Produce another witness.
(c) Cross his heart.
(d) Show some evidence.

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

3. What is the profession of the narrator of Bartleby?
(a) Lawyer.
(b) Judge.
(c) Tax accountant.
(d) Stockbroker.

4. Of what does the onstage action in the London theater remind the narrator?
(a) The curmudgeonly landlady at his boarding house.
(b) His own childhood.
(c) The theater at home on Broadway.
(d) The church service he had watched from the bell tower.

5. What does the crew decide not to do after Steelkilt is flogged?
(a) Call out when whales were sighted.
(b) Start a mutiny.
(c) Obey the captain.
(d) Desert together.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" treat his creditor after hearing the crow?

2. With what alliteration does Melville describe the islands?

3. How much does the uncle in "The Happy Failure" think his invention is worth?

4. Why does Radney dislike Steelkilt?

5. What previous employment had shaped Bartleby?

Short Essay Questions

1. What words does the narrator use to describe Bartleby when he first meets him?

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

3. Why does the narrator say that pity turns into repulsion?

4. Why did the two remaining followers of Steelkilt each hope to be the first out of the hold?

5. What verb tenses does Melville use in "The Two Temples" to bring immediacy to the story?

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

7. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?

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

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

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

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