In Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," what concerns the narrator...

  1. In Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," what concerns the narrator the most about Bartleby's presence in his office on Sunday morning?

    The amount of work that is not getting done

    The odd smell that Bartleby gives off

    The worn-out clothes he wears that attract unwanted attention

    The strange effect Bartleby has on him

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Question 2
  1. Which of the following was NOT written by Melville?

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Question 3
  1. The story "Young Goodman Brown" is most likely set in which of the following?
    A garden in Italy
    17th century Salem
    1840s New England
    The Virginia colonies

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Question 4
  1. What historical event is alluded to in Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor"?
    The American Revolution
    French and Indian War
    The Battle of Trafalgar
    The defeat of the Spanish Armada

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Question 5
  1. In Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," which of the following best characterizes Bartleby's response to his boss's demands?


    Subtle but rude

    Passively resistant

    Deliberate but tired

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Question 6
  1. In Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor," how does Captain Vere die?
    From drowning
    From a gunshot wound
    From tuberculosis
    From a stroke

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Question 7
  1. In Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," where is Bartleby when he dies?

    On the streets of New York

    In the narrator's home

    In the stairwell of the narrator's old office

    In prison

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Question 8
  1. In Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor," why does Captain Vere call so quickly for a drumhead court?
    The crime was so horrendous
    Billy requested an immediate trial
    He wanted to get the case over with
    To prevent any potential mutiny

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Question 9
  1. In Hawthorne's "Goodman Brown" who or what is described as "the chief horror of the scene" in the forest?
    The sacrifice of Faith
    The devil's serpent staff
    Goody Cloyse's witchcraft
    Young Goodman Brown

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Question 10
  1. In Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," who does Brown think he sees trying to wave him back from participating in the ceremony in the forest?
    His father
    His mother
    No one

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Question 11
  1. The subtitle of Melville's short story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" references the work as "A Story of __________."

    New York


    Wall Street

    the Sea

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Question 12
  1. Which of the following literary types is Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"?
    Modern fiction
    Realistic fiction

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Question 13
  1. In Hawthorne's "Goodman Brown," when Goodman Brown returns to town, everything about his perception of the religious elders of Salem has changed. Which of the following best describes his new attitude toward them?
    He fears they will take some vengeance on him.
    He considers them all to be hypocrites.
    He lectures all of the townsfolk about their evil ways.
    He makes an example of Faith by treating her badly.

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Question 14
  1. Herman Melville was a friend and contemporary of which of the following?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    William Shakespeare
    Langston Hughes
    Lenny Bruce

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Question 15
  1. In Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor," how does a naval chronicle report the incident of Billy and Claggart?
    Billy beat Claggart to death.
    Billy shot Claggart.
    Billy stabbed Claggart.
    Claggart shot Billy.

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Question 16
  1. In Hawthorne's "Goodman Brown," young Goodman Brown and the devil see which three people along the path in the forest?
    Faith, old Goodman Brown, and deacon Gookin
    Goody Cloyse, Faith, and old Goodman Brown
    Goody Cloyse, Deacon Gookin, and the Minister
    The Minister, old Goodman Brown, and Deacon Gookin

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Question 17
  1. On his journey into the forest, young Goodman Brown encounters which of the following?
    A Satanic communion
    The Devil
    The woman who taught him his catechism
    All of the above

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Question 18
  1. What word best characterizes Aylmer's treatment of Aminadab in Hawthorne's "The Birthmark"?

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Question 19
  1. In Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," what can we say about the figure Goodman Brown meets and walks with through the forest?
    His walking stick was shaped like a serpent.
    He resembled Brown in appearance.
    He claimed to know Brown's father.
    All of the above

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Question 20
  1. In Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor," what were Billy's last words?
    God bless Captain Vere.
    Damn Vere and Claggart.
    God bless you all.
    Peace to everyone.

How is the search for perfection dangerous in Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” and “Young Goodman Brown”? Discuss the psychological struggle Hawthorne presents in his stories related to the human pursuit of perfection.


In Melville�s "Bartleby, the Scrivener," why do you think Bartleby�s character begins responding with passive resistance to requests to do his job by saying, "I would prefer not to"? Why does the lawyer/narrator feel sorry for Bartleby even when relieving Bartleby of his work duties? What is symbolic about Bartleby�s last job in the Dead Letter Office? The story concludes with the narrator declaring, "Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!"�what does he mean by this? Describe a theme you see emerging from "Bartleby, the Scrivener," analyzing the conflict between the narrator and Bartleby and incorporating a symbol from the story. Support your discussion with at least two (2) quotes from the story.

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