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1.   During what part of "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" does Bernice cut Marjorie's braids?

     A. Climax
     B. Rising action

     C. Falling action

     D. Epiphany

2.   The label detective novel is an example of

     A. a character study.
     B. informational reading.

     C. a genre.

     D. a universal truth.

3.   Which one of the following types of writing would most likely be fiction?

     A. Novel
     B. Essay

     C. Autobiography

     D. Informational literature

4.   Which one of the following terms best describes the period of the 1920s?

     A. Proper
     B. Moral

     C. Rebellious

     D. Symbolic

5.   Suppose you've just read a romance novel that has stock characters and a happily-ever-after ending. What kind of literature were you probably reading?

     A. Escapist literature
     B. Informational literature

     C. Interpretive literature

     D. Universal literature

6.   Because Bernice changes during the course of "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," she's said to be a _______ character.

     A. one-dimensional
     B. symbolic

     C. static

     D. dynamic

7.   Which one of the following genres presents the author's personal ideas and feelings about a particular topic?

     A. Short story
     B. Novel

     C. Poem

     D. Essay

8.   What are conventions?

     A. The events that lead to the climax of a novel
     B. The conflicts between the protagonist and the antagonist

     C. The traditions and rules that lead to a reader's expectations

     D. The difficulties a writer encounters in creating characters

9.   Which one of the following events in "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is an example of an epiphany?

     A. Bernice suddenly understands how others see her.
     B. Marjorie dares Bernice to get her hair bobbed.

     C. Warren begins to come to visit Bernice.

     D. G. Reece Stoddard cuts in on Bernice's dance partner.

10.   In "A White Heron," how does Sarah Jewett portray Sylvia's attitude about money?

     A. Sylvia doesn't really care about money at all.
     B. Sylvia hopes the hunter will give her some money no matter what she does.

     C. Sylvia struggles between protecting the heron and gaining the money.

     D. Sylvia was once rich and has now fallen on hard times.

11.   Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an example of

     A. an old-fashioned novel.
     B. interpretative literature.

     C. escapist literature.

     D. a perfect short story.

12.   What is Sarah Jewett suggesting when she writes about Sylvia's increasing attraction to the hunter in "A White Heron"?

     A. Sylvia will do anything for money.
     B. Sylvia is experiencing falling in love.

     C. Sylvia cares more about people than animals.

     D. Sylvia does one thing but believes the opposite.

13.   In "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," Bernice is the _______ in the story.

     A. symbol of fun
     B. stock character

     C. protagonist

     D. genre

14.   Which one of the following items is an example of a symbol in "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"?

     A. Marjorie's talk with her mother
     B. Bernice's car

     C. The dinner-dance at the country club

     D. Bernice's haircut

15.   The connotative meaning of a word refers to

     A. its dictionary definition.
     B. what it suggests about something.

     C. the irony suggested by the word.

     D. its meaning at a specific time in history.

16.   The term realism refers to

     A. making things better than they actually are.
     B. describing things just as they are.

     C. using as much descriptive language as possible.

     D. allowing the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

17.   The most significant conflict in "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is between

     A. Warren and Marjorie.
     B. Marjorie and men in general.

     C. Bernice and Marjorie.

     D. Bernice and herself.

18.   Interpretative literature is said to be interactive because

     A. you can read most of these works on the Internet now.
     B. the conflict shows the interaction between two elements of the story.

     C. the story consists of a rising action and a falling action.

     D. the reader has to take part in discovering the meaning of the work.

19.   Which one of the following events is an example of situational irony?

     A. Bernice cuts her hair and suddenly realizes what a mistake it is.
     B. Bernice overhears Marjorie talking with her mother.

     C. Warren is disappointed that Bernice cuts her hair.

     D. Marjorie teaches Bernice how to be more socially accepted.

20.   The events that take place in a story make up the story's

     A. genre.
     B. plot.

     C. setting.

     D. climax.

1.   In "A Pair of Silk Stockings," the silk stockings are a symbol of

     A. Mrs. Sommers's inability to handle money.
     B. Mrs. Sommers's lack of concern for her children.

     C. Mrs. Sommers's selfish needs.

     D. Mrs. Sommers's desire for attention.

2.   An author's purpose in using rhetoric is to

     A. create a certain effect for the reader.
     B. present facts as they really are.

     C. provide hints as to what's going to happen.

     D. separate realism from idealism.

3.   The wicked witch and the big bad wolf are examples of

     A. dynamic characters.
     B. archetypes.

     C. protagonists.

     D. anecdotes.

4.   Faith's pink ribbons are an example of a

     A. genre.
     B. parable.

     C. fable.

     D. symbol.

5.   In "Paul's Case," members of the faculty don't like Paul's carnation because they think

     A. it's effeminate for a man to wear a flower.
     B. it doesn't match his other clothing.

     C. it suggests that he's not taking things seriously.

     D. it's the mark of an early death.

6.   Which one of the following short stories is an example of an allegory?

     A. "Paul's Case"
     B. "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed"

     C. "Young Goodman Brown"

     D. "A Pair of Silk Stockings"

7.   An individuated character is one who

     A. has his or her own unique history and personality.
     B. is a symbol for some characteristic.

     C. is able to be identified with the audience.

     D. has a series of epiphanies.

8.   In the story "Paul's Case," why is Paul irritated and wretched after the concert?

     A. He has seen his English teacher.
     B. He has spoken with the singer.

     C. His real life is so different from his dream.

     D. He has to walk home in the rain.

9.   Paul's tattered clothes are a symbol of his

     A. rebellious nature.
     B. unconcern about what he looked like.

     C. desire to insult the faculty.

     D. economic circumstances.

10.   In "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed," Twain writes, "We were equal to the occasion. In our response there was no hesitation, no indecision" (71). This type of writing is an example of

     A. a motif.
     B. hypocrisy.

     C. an anecdote.

     D. mock heroics.

11.   What author saw hypocrisy in the lives of the Puritans?

     A. Willa Cather
     B. Mark Twain

     C. Nathaniel Hawthorne

     D. Kate Chopin

12.   Which one of the following is characteristic of a character study?

     A. The protagonist is a static character.
     B. Getting a glimpse into the character's mind and heart is the most important element of the story.

     C. The character is usually tragicomic—that is, he or she is both funny and sad at different times.

     D. The character comes to an unhappy end.

13.   Foreshadowing means

     A. showing the readers the dark side of a character's personality.
     B. describing what happens at night—for example, in a dark basement.

     C. hinting at things that will occur later.

     D. putting secondary characters in the foreground of the story.

14.   In "Paul's Case," why does Paul go to work early?

     A. He wanted to wrestle with the other boys.
     B. He didn't want to lose his job.

     C. He didn't want to get caught skipping school.

     D. He liked looking at the pictures in the art gallery.

15.   Which one of the following statements best describes the theme of "Young Goodman Brown"?

     A. People aren't always what they seem.
     B. The Devil is in charge of this world.

     C. Men should listen to the cautions of their wives.

     D. The forest is a place where dark deeds take place.

16.   In "Young Goodman Brown," what is meant by "a hoary corpse"?

     A. A respected person
     B. An extremely old dead body

     C. A promiscuous person

     D. A lonely man

17.   What is the climax in Willa Cather's short story "Paul's Case"?

     A. Paul takes the train to New York.
     B. Paul reads about his theft in the newspaper.

     C. Paul jumps in front of the train.

     D. Paul meets the boy from Yale.

18.   Which one of the following words best describes Goodman Brown at the end of Hawthorne's story?

     A. Relieved
     B. Innocent

     C. Safe

     D. Despairing

19.   At the beginning of "Young Goodman Brown," Brown's wife says, "Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year" (1). This statement is an example of

     A. irony.
     B. ambiguity.

     C. foreshadowing.

     D. satire.

20.   Which one of the following short stories takes a series of completely ordinary events and develops them into a character study?

     A. "Paul's Case"
     B. "A Private History of a Campaign That Failed"

     C. "Young Goodman Brown"

     D. "A Pair of Silk Stockings"

1.   If you consider The Call of the Wild to be an allegory, which one of the following statements would be true?

     A. Judge Miller represents the primordial condition.
     B. Buck represents some characteristic of humanity.

     C. John Thornton represents the civilized world.

     D. The book is a story about the need for socialism.

2.   On page 14 of The Call of the Wild, what's meant by the phrase "The domesticated generations fell from him"?

     A. Buck has lost a lot of hair in his fight with Spitz.
     B. Buck is learning to love a human being again.

     C. Buck is losing his civilized characteristics.

     D. Buck longs to return home to the Judge's family.

3.   The survival of the fittest is an idea promoted by

     A. Carl Jung.
     B. Friedrich Nietzsche.

     C. Charles Darwin.

     D. Karl Marx.

4.   In Buck's thinking, the "noblest" prey of all is

     A. another dog.
     B. a very fast rabbit.

     C. a moose.

     D. man.

5.   The Yukon is the main _______ for this story.

     A. symbol
     B. genre

     C. plot

     D. setting

6.   How did John Thornton die?

     A. He died from frostbite to his feet.
     B. He was killed by a group of wild wolves.

     C. He was killed by Native Americans.

     D. He died in the river rapids.

7.   What does Buck often dream of as he sleeps by the campfire?

     A. Judge Miller's home
     B. Primitive man

     C. John Thornton

     D. His fight with Spitz

8.   The term racial unconscious means that

     A. we're all racists at heart to some degree, even though we're unaware of it.
     B. each species and culture shares ancient memories, stored in the unconscious part of the mind.

     C. you must learn the law of club and fang to survive.

     D. nature weeds out the weakest and unfit.

9.   What happens the first time Buck is beaten?

     A. He learns he has to obey men, but decides never to surrender inside.
     B. He has his spirit as well as his body crushed.

     C. He learns that he can't get away with stealing another dog's food.

     D. He swears that he'll someday have his revenge on Spitz.

10.   The term hierarchy refers to

     A. a team in which everyone is equal and has to pull his or her own weight.
     B. a power structure in which each member knows his or her own place.

     C. a situation in which higher species such as men will always be in control of lower species such as animals.

     D. a condition in which the weak must die so the strong can survive.

11.   The purpose of the expedition Buck takes with Thornton and his partners is to

     A. search for a gold mine.
     B. find a new camp.

     C. deliver mail.

     D. hunt for food.

12.   On page 14 of The Call of the Wild, Jack London writes, "In vague ways he remembered back to the youth of the breed." This statement is an example of

     A. the will to power.
     B. natural selection.

     C. survival of the fittest.

     D. the racial unconscious.

13.   What breed of dog is Buck?

     A. St. Bernard and Scotch shepherd mix
     B. Husky and Scotch shepherd mix

     C. St. Bernard

     D. Husky

14.   Mercedes's luggage is a symbol of

     A. her party's inexperience.
     B. civilization.

     C. her domination.

     D. her selfishness.

15.   What word best describes the relationship between Buck and John Thornton?

     A. Friendship
     B. Trust

     C. Attachment

     D. Love

16.   The death of Curly is an example of

     A. the theory of evolution.
     B. racial unconsciousness.

     C. the law of club and fang.

     D. the will to power.

17.   The will to power is symbolized by

     A. Buck's killing Spitz.
     B. Hal's arguing with Charles.

     C. Thornton's rifle.

     D. Buck's becoming friends with Thornton.

18.   Frangois and Perrault are

     A. gold diggers from California.
     B. dog trainers from Alaska.

     C. agents of the Canadian government.

     D. drivers of the mail train.

19.   Who saves Buck from impending death at the hands of Hal?

     A. John Thornton
     B. Judge Miller

     C. Frangois

     D. Perrault

20.   Which one of the following words best describes Hal, Mercedes, and Charles?

     A. Sensitive
     B. Frightened

     C. Prepared

     D. Inexperienced

1.   If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
These lines are an example of a/an

     A. quatrain.
     B. octet.

     C. couplet.

     D. sestet.

2.   The line "I wandered lonely as a cloud" is an example of

     A. a metaphor.
     B. a simile.

     C. a couplet.

     D. alliteration.

3.   In "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" Shakespeare claims that the object of his sonnet will be immortal because

     A. he'll always love her.
     B. she's for all seasons.

     C. she'll live on in his poem.

     D. she's like the summer's day.

4.   Which one of the following sentences is an example of a metaphor?

     A. I am a rock.
     B. She eats like a bird.

     C. I'm as hungry as a wolf.

     D. The breeze blew the branches back and forth.

5.   The way Cowley uses the phrase "my own country" is an example of

     A. simile.
     B. consonance.

     C. repetition.

     D. personification.

6.   The phrase "mid-May" is an example of

     A. assonance.
     B. consonance.

     C. alliteration.

     D. metaphor.

7.   During the Romantic period, poets placed an emphasis on

     A. discipline.
     B. order.

     C. hierarchy.

     D. nature.

8.   Which one of the following words is an iamb?

     A. Rachel
     B. Alice

     C. JoAnne

     D. Sally

9.   The line "A tree whose hungry mouth is prest" is an example of iambic

     A. trimeter.
     B. pentameter.

     C. tetrameter.

     D. dimeter.

10.   What is the most probable reason that rhyme and repetition first found their ways into poems?

     A. People wanted a beat they could dance to.
     B. They were written for the upper class.

     C. Heroes in epics tended to talk that way.

     D. The poems were easier to remember and pass on.

11.   Which one of the poems you've read uses the words floats, fluttering, and dancing?

     A. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
     B. "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds"

     C. "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"

     D. "The Long Voyage"

12.   Emphasizing the importance of order, law, discipline, and tradition is typical of _______ literature.

     A. Romantic
     B. Classical

     C. discursive

     D. dramatic

13.   Which one of the following phrases is an example of consonance?

     A. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be
     B. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines

     C. Drink to me only with thine eyes

     D. River birch and upland beech

14.   Which one of the poems you've read has the rhyme scheme AA BB CC . . . ?

     A. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
     B. "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds"

     C. "The Long Voyage"

     D. "Trees"

15.   "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds" is an example of which type of poem?

     A. Narrative
     B. Discursive

     C. Dramatic

     D. Descriptive

16.   "Foam brightens like the dogwood now" is an example of

     A. a simile.
     B. a metaphor.

     C. alliteration.

     D. consonance.

17.   The rhyme scheme of Shakespeare' s sonnets is




18.   Who are the "fools" mentioned in the poem "Trees"?

     A. Poets
     B. Gods

     C. Trees

     D. Robins

19.   The repeated use of the "o" sound in "A host, of golden daffodils" is called

     A. consonance.
     B. assonance.

     C. alliteration.

     D. rhyme.

20.   A definition of formal poetry is verse that

     A. sticks to certain traditional patterns.
     B. has no rhyme scheme.

     C. uses figurative language.

     D. is written in blank verse.
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Category: General
Expert:  Ryan replied 10 years ago.

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Expert:  Ryan replied 10 years ago.

Thanks again!


1. C
2. C
3. A
4. C
5. A
6. D
7. D
8. C
9. A
10. C
11. B
12. B
13. C
14. D
15. B
16. B
17. D
18. D
19. A
20. B


1. C
2. A
3. B
4. D
5. C
6. C
7. A
8. C
9. D
10. D
11. C
12. B
13. C
14. D
15. A
16. B
17. C
18. D
19. C
20. D


1. B
2. C
3. C
4. D
5. D
6. C
7. B
8. B
9. A
10. B
11. A
12. D
13. A
14. B
15. D
16. C
17. A
18. C
19. A
20. D


1. C
2. B
3. C
4. A
5. C
6. C
7. D
8. C
9. C
10. D
11. A
12. B
13. D
14. D
15. B
16. A
17. B
18. A
19. B
20. A


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