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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. On what holiday does John Gentian converse with passers-by?
(a) Christmas.
(b) Thanksgiving.
(c) Easter.
(d) The Fourth of July.

2. What was the disadvantage of building the piazza on the north side of the house?
(a) The north side faces the neighbors.
(b) The north side has the narrowest view.
(c) The north side faces the village.
(d) The north side is coldest.

3. Why had Jimmy Rose often been chosen to present awards?
(a) He spoke well.
(b) He was a generous donor.
(c) He was handsome.
(d) He was famous.

4. What mythical character does the narrator say would have failed at his task if the chimney had then been in existence?
(a) Prometheus.
(b) Atlas.
(c) Hercules.
(d) Icharus.

5. How does Melville describe Captain Delano's personality?
(a) Mistrustful and suspicious.
(b) Trusting and benevolent.
(c) Pessimistic and unhappy.
(d) Autocratic and dictatorial.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the bachelors in the Temple keep time?

2. What has Hautboy accomplished in "The Fiddler?"

3. Why was Bannadonna excused for the homicide he committed?

4. What rumor pursues Daniel Orme into his life on shore?

5. What loss of John Gentian's is noticed most on May thirtieth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Captain Delano's intention in boarding Benito Cereno's ship?

2. What does Melville say is the difference between boarding a strange ship and entering a strange house?

3. What seems odd about Benito Cereno's ship when Captain Delano first sees it?

4. Why do the peacocks on the wallpaper in the parlor seem to the narrator to represent Jimmy Rose?

5. Why doesn't the narrator in "The Piazza" grant Marianna's wish and tell her that he is the resident of the house that she believes contains happiness?

6. What is the figurehead on the San Dominick?

7. Why does the owner of the paper factory in "The Tartarus of Maids" tell the narrator that all of his workers are called "girls"?

8. Why is the narrator despondent at the beginning of "The Fiddler"?

9. Why does the narrator of "The Lightning Rod Man" compare the salesman to a worm?

10. What does the bug in the apple-tree table teach the narrator's daughter, Julia?

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