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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 hope to do for the Marquis de Grandvin?
(a) Make him rich.
(b) Make him famous.
(c) Make him immortal.
(d) Make him happy.

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

3. What overcomes Captain Delano's criticism of Benito Cereno?
(a) Understanding.
(b) Courtesy.
(c) Compassion.
(d) Sorrow.

4. What is unusual about the strange ship's figurehead?
(a) It is beautifully carved.
(b) It is covered in canvas wrapping.
(c) It is obviously from Castile.
(d) It is a plain, unmarked beak.

5. How did Captain Delano evaluate the relationship between Benito Cereno and Babo?
(a) A shocking breach of convention.
(b) An enviable spectacle of fidelity.
(c) A distressing lack of respect.
(d) A frightening scene of dependency.

Short Answer Questions

1. What indicates to Captain Delano that the strange ship may be in trouble?

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

3. Who is Atufal?

4. What first alarms the narrator about the apple-tree table?

5. How does Captain Delano view the attitude of the black people on board?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator claim shows Jack Gentian's natural gentility?

3. In "The Lightning Rod Man," why does the narrator pretend to mistake the salesman for the god Jupiter Tonans?

4. What haunts the narrator at the conclusion of "The Piazza"?

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

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

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

9. What does the landscape painter, B. Hobbema Brown, believe about the Marquis de Grandvin?

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

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