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The Elements of Literature and the Short Story EXAMINATION
The Elements of Literature
and the Short Story EXAMINATION NUMBER
1. Verbal irony occurs in a story when
A. what is said is the opposite of what is meant.
B. the writer uses rhyme to tell the story.
C. the central idea contradicts the title.
D. the drama has a happy ending.
2. In a story or play, the force that’s in conflict with the
protagonist may be another person, an aspect of the
physical or social environment, or even a destructive
force within the protagonist’s own self. This conflicting
force is referred to as the
A. antithesis. C. minor character.
B. antagonist. D. paradox.
3. In an allegory, there’s a
A. protagonist who fails to achieve what he or she sets out
B. surprise ending based on ironic circumstances.
meaning to the surface action.
D. conflicting force to deal with.
4. The rising action of a typical short story
A. usually includes some form of irony.
B. is a series of events before the climax.
C. illustrates the character of the protagonist.
D. describes the surrounding environment.
5. Some writers are accused of using sentimentality to elicit a reaction in their readers.
Sentimentality can be described as
A. dramatic irony. C. denouement.
B. internal rhyme. D. contrived emotion.
6. Which one of the following phrases contains a simile?
A. With the snow blowing into his face (“Hunters in the Snow”)
B. The stump of a lightning-charred tree (“The Most Dangerous Game”)
C. My skin like an undercooked barley pancake (“Everyday Use”)
D. Standing up at a jaunty angle (“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”)
7. A particular character’s inherent nature, along with external _______, will cause her to
behave as she does.
A. personification C. narration
B. irony D. motivation
8. You’ve probably read at least one story that pulled you in and kept you reading until
the very end. The quality in a good story that makes you eager to know what happens
next and how the story will end is referred to as
A. irony. C. sentimentality.
B. structure. D. suspense.
9. Readers are sometimes asked to paraphrase a poem or story. In other words, they’re
asked to retell the poem or story so that they understand the theme of the work. What
is meant by theme?
A. The character’s point of view
B. The context of the story or poem
C. The rising action and climax of the work
D. The central insight of the work
10. In a short story, the falling action can be described as the
A. turning point of a plot.
B. unresolved conflict.
C. section between the climax and the conclusion.
D. beginning plot manipulation.
11. If you were to diagram the plot of a story, the climax would be
A. part of the rising action. C. the beginning.
B. part of the falling action. D. the high point.
12. As opposed to flat characters, who have only one or two traits, round characters
A. are stereotyped.
B. are complex and many-sided.
C. remain the same throughout the story.
D. serve as the protagonists.
13. In “Everyday Use,” why does Dee ask for the churn top?
A. She wants to learn to churn.
B. She knows her sister wants it, too.
C. She wants to use it as a centerpiece.
D. She considers it part of her heritage.
14. What pronoun would be used for the narrator(s) of a story such as “A Rose for Emily,”
which is written in the first-person, plural point of view?
A. I C. We
B. You D. He
15. In the dramatic point of view, the author
A. writes in the first person.
B. records but can’t interpret what he or she records.
C. speaks through only one character.
D. uses stream of consciousness.
16. The plot of a commercial work of fiction is typically
C. fast-paced and entertaining.
D. designed to make readers think.
17. As Rainsford is swimming toward Ship-Trap Island in “The Most Dangerous Game,” he
hears a scream, which foretells events to come. What is the scream?
A. The general when he loses his dog Lazarus
B. A jaguar being killed
C. A man killing a dog
D. A man being killed by General Zaroff
18. Which of these stories uses the dramatic point of view?
A. “Hunters in the Snow” C. “Bartleby the Scrivener”
B. “The Most Dangerous Game” D. “A Rose for Emily”
19. In the story “Interpreter of Maladies,” why did Mr. Kapasi begin to work as an
interpreter in the doctor’s office?
A. He wished to console his wife.
B. He enjoyed meeting new people.
C. His work at the grammar school wasn’t satisfying.
D. He was saving money to become a diplomat.
20. Suspense is provided in “The Most Dangerous Game” by
A. Zaroff’s recognizing Rainsford’s name from his book on snow leopards in Tibet.
B. Zaroff’s background in Russia.
C. Whitney’s talk of the reputation of Ship-Trap Island.
D. the sound of the sea breaking on the rocky shore.
21. In the story “Roman Fever,” why does Mrs. Slade send Mrs. Ansley a forged letter?
A. To test if Mrs. Ansely loves Delphin
B. To test her fiancé
C. To get Mrs. Ansley out of the way for a while
D. To kill Mrs. Ansley
22. In Faulkner’s story “A Rose for Emily,” what happens to Homer Barron?
A. Emily poisons him. C. He deserts her.
B. He dies of natural causes. D. He marries her secretly.
23. Who is the speaker in the short story “Everyday Use”?
A. Mama C. Dee
B. Maggie D. A disinterested person
24. In “Everyday Use,” why doesn’t Dee want the quilts her mother offers her?
A. They’re machine stitched.
B. They belong to her sister.
C. She thinks her mother is offering them only because Maggie doesn’t want them.
D. They incorporate pieces of clothing pieces that belonged to her grandmother.
25. Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” is written from a/an _______ point of view.
A. first-person C. limited third-person
B. omniscient D. objective
26. In the story “A Worn Path,” old Aunt Phoenix wears an apron made of sugar sacks. This
piece of clothing indicates that she
A. is frugal. C. cares for her grandson.
B. is extravagant. D. is poor.
27. In “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford finds on his first night with General Zaroff
that his bedroom door won’t open. This situation is an example of
A. rising action. C. allegory.
B. situational irony. D. falling action.
28. In “Bartleby the Scrivener” on page 599, the narrator at first thinks he’s overhearing a
A. the stock market. C. election day.
B. Bartleby. D. a horse race.
29. The title of the story “Roman Fever” is an example of
A. a symbol. C. verbal irony.
B. an allegory. D. situational irony.
30. In “Hunters in the Snow,” Frank doesn’t change very much through the course of the
story. Therefore, he might best be described as a
A. stock character. C. stereotype.
B. developing character. D. static character.
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