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

2. With what alliteration does Melville describe the islands?
(a) Extensive elegant exotica.
(b) Fruitful festival of fecundity.
(c) An archipelago of aridities.
(d) Dark, doleful doomsday.

3. How does Melville describe pelicans?
(a) Clever and complicated.
(b) Elegant and streamlined.
(c) Woebegone and penitential.
(d) Modest and humble.

4. What surprises the narrator of "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo?" about the owner of the rooster?
(a) He is poor.
(b) He has many such roosters.
(c) He is old.
(d) He has a large family.

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 tract of land.
(c) He has a barn full of hay.
(d) He has a large family.

Short Answer Questions

1. What quality of Bartleby's induces the narrator to hire him?

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

3. What is Poor Man's Pudding?

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

5. To what sight in the city does Melville compare the islands of the Encantadas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Steelkilt demand to prevent a mutiny?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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