© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bartleby the Scrivener

Bartleby the Scrivener


Herman Melville

Bartleby the Scrivener: Whotleby the Scrivewhat? Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Bartleby the Scrivener? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is a scrivener?

A lawyer
One who scrivens
An errand boy
A scribe
Q. What does Bartleby initially refuse to do?

Lie in court
Office tasks that aren’t in his job description
Work overtime
Wear pants
Q. Where does Bartleby live?

In the office
Under a bridge
In a shoe
At his parents’ house
In John Malkovitch’s head
Q. What does Bartleby eventually refuse to do?

Get up from his chair
Perform any work at all
Give his co-workers any more of his mother’s famous fudge recipes
Practice law
Q. What does Bartleby’s boss ask him to do?

Pass out flyers advertising the firm
Stop hogging the color copier
Go to school to get his law license
Noodle's College Search