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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 in "The Fiddler" aspire to become?
(a) Happy.
(b) Famous.
(c) Brilliant.
(d) Rich.

2. What impresses the narrator about the mill?
(a) The clean air and water.
(b) The efficiency of the operation.
(c) The gigantic press machine.
(d) The cheerfulness of the workers.

3. What does the narrator decide to give the apple-tree table when he first discovers it?
(a) Kind attention.
(b) A place of honor.
(c) A warm environment.
(d) A happier book.

4. What sort of feet did the apple-tree table have?
(a) Brass fittings.
(b) Marble balls.
(c) Carved mahogany.
(d) Hooves like Satan.

5. What do the maids work to produce?
(a) Fabric.
(b) Paper.
(c) Machinery.
(d) Toothpicks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the book lying on the apple-tree table?

2. Who is Atufal?

3. Why is Captain Delano glad he was not astute enough to recognize the mutiny?

4. What does Benito Cereno say has happened to his partner, Alexandro Aranda?

5. How does the narrator in "The Lightning Rod Man" feel about the storm before the salesman arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator of "The Fiddler" first admire about Hautboy?

2. What is the figurehead on the San Dominick?

3. According to the deposition in "Benito Cereno," what would have happened to Captain Delano if he had suspected a mutiny aboard the San Dominick?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the narrator of "The Piazza" think when he first sees a single bright spot in the northwestern hills?

9. What does the chimney in "I and My Chimney" provide for the narrator on the second landing?

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

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