These questions refer to Excerpts from Black Boy by Richard Wright
1. How does reading affect Wright?
It improves his vocabulary.
It deepens his dislike for whites.
It improves his writing.
It broadens his perspective.
2. What weapons does H.L. Mencken use?
3. What is Wright most fascinated by in the novels he reads?
their plots and story lines
the point of view revealed
their dramatic climax
the characters and setting
These questions refer to Chief Joseph’s speeches.
4. In the surrender speech, what sign or signs show that the usual authority of tribal life is breaking up?
chiefs are dead or sick
young men make decisions
Chief Joseph is tired
a and b
none, authority is still intact
5. Why does Chief Joseph write “An Indian’s View of Indian Affairs”?
to dispel misconceptions about Indians
to help whites better understand Indians
to outline Indian beliefs and values
all of the above
For these questions, choose the most appropriate vocabulary word to use in each sentence. You may have to change the form of the word. For example, you may have to change “suffuse” to “suffused.”
6. The landed __________ in medieval Europe often imposed harsh taxes on the serfs and peasants.
7. __________, her hand shook as she described the apparition she had just seen.
8. Allison was in awe of the __________ and distinguished scientists and doctors who were honored at the celebration.
9. I admire the __________ for his impressive literary contributions, but I prefer to read and see comedies.
10. After cheating on her science test last year, Rachel was __________ by several of her classmates.
11. The winner of the Kentucky Derby was quickly __________ with garland wreaths before being awarded the trophy.
12. Ever since Tyler’s mother’s cancer was pronounced in remission, she has assumed such a youthful and __________ attitude.
13. David’s __________ attitude is always getting him in trouble at school.
14. Always fascinated by U.S. history, Mark eagerly __________ all of the information his teacher had to share about the Revolutionary War.
15. The __________ liquid sparkled in her glass as she waltzed around the room.
16. The __________ pitiful condition and appearance prompted me to share my lunch with him.
17. As the dawn drew closer, the garden was __________ with a gentle glow.
These questions refer to “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson.
18. What is the theme of the poem?
retribution vs. love
forgiveness vs. sin
loneliness vs. sorrow
appearance vs. reality
19. How is the ending ironic?
Cory appears to be intelligent, yet he can not read or write.
Cory appears to be rich, yet dies destitute and penniless.
Cory is amiable with the town, yet inwardly despises them.
Cory appears to have everything, yet is inwardly unhappy.
20. What does the line “and he was always human when he talked” (line 6) mean?
Richard Cory spoke in vague, philosophical terms.
Richard Cory couldn’t speak; he was mute.
Richard Cory talked down to the townspeople.
Richard Cory treated the townspeople as equals.
These questions refer to “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
21. What is Dr. Heidegger testing or really experimenting?
whether his friends learned from the mistakes of youth
whether the men will renew their interest in the widow
whether they will appreciate him for restoring their youth
whether the Fountain of Youth truly restores youth
22. Looking at the story as an allegory, what aspect of human nature does Widow Wycherly represent?
23. What would Mr. Medbourne, the banker, represent?
24. What would the mirror represent?
25. Dr. Heidegger’s study is an interesting place full of fascinating objects. What could the book, skeleton, and bust of Hippocrates represent?
pursuit of love
pursuit of knowledge
pursuit of happiness
pursuit of fame
These questions refer to your reading in The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.
26. In chapter 11, why does Pam choose to leave the Bright Country and return to the grey town?
She wants the security of the grey town.
The Bright Person, her brother, doesn’t treat her nicely.
She loves her son too much.
Her family didn’t appreciate her.
27. What is the most accurate description of the ghost with the lizard in chapter 11?
He turned a soul into reality.
He made a weakness into a strength.
He was unwilling to change his ways.
He transformed a good thing into a bad thing.
28. At the end of chapter 12, the beautiful ghost says that on earth what we call love is really
a frustrating experience
an unrealistic goal
a twisted form of lust
a craving to be loved
29. What metaphor does the ghost use to clarify the idea of time?
Time is a tree.
Time is a window.
Time is a book.
Time is a lens.
30. The ghost in chapter 10 says she did everything for her husband as her duty. What was her real motivation?
These questions refer to the “Usage Lesson: Apostrophe and Italics” section of this lesson. Mark “correct” if the sentence uses apostrophes and italics correctly; mark “incorrect” if it does not.
31. Robert’s favorite magazines are Outdoor Life and Field and Stream.
32. What does the following sentence mean because of the way it has been punctuated? Heather’s, Jennifer’s, and Trisha’s music is lousy.
They all three share lousy music.
All three of them individually have lousy music.
They all need to get better music.
none of the above
33. I got 6 “A”s and 2 “A-“s on my report card.
These questions refer to Excerpts from Black Boy by Richard Wright.
How does reading affect Wright?
*It broadens his perspective.What weapons does H.L. Mencken use?
What is Wright most fascinated by in the novels he reads?
*Their plots and story lines
These questions refer to Chief Joseph’s speeches.
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