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Collection 5 literature selections rest
Multiple Choice

Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selections “A Rose for Emily”; “Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1950.”
____ 1. The emotions a reader might be expected to feel toward Emily include —

a.

amusement and gratitude

c.

contempt and disappointment

b.

pity and horror

d.

approval and satisfaction

____ 2. After her father dies, Emily —



a.

moves to another town

c.

becomes a supporter of the arts

b.

sees many suitors

d.

refuses to acknowledge his death

____ 3. The last time the townspeople see Homer Barron alive, he is —



a.

buying a suit of clothes

c.

proposing marriage to Emily

b.

drinking with other men

d.

entering Emily’s house

____ 4. The strand of gray hair discovered at the end of the story implies that —



a.

Emily has lain beside the skeleton

b.

Homer Barron had gray hair

c.

Homer Barron kept a lock of Emily’s hair

d.

Emily was much older than Homer

____ 5. Colonel Sartoris influences Emily by making her —



a.

think about future suitors

c.

feel as if the world is ending

b.

feel as if she is above the law

d.

think about military matters

____ 6. To influence the development of her character, Emily’s father —



a.

drives off suitors and prevents her from marrying

b.

refuses to allow her to use the family name

c.

forces her to work in the family business

d.

forgets to leave anything to her in his will

____ 7. Which of Homer Barron’s actions has the greatest effect on the development of Emily’s character?



a.

Taking her to visit the North

b.

Sometimes going drinking without her

c.

Returning to town after an absence

d.

Enraging her by rejecting her

____ 8. The narrator generalizes about people by saying that “we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.” Miss Emily’s behavior supports this generalization because she —



a.

refuses to pay her taxes

b.

gains a lot of weight

c.

goes out with Homer Barron

d.

refuses to admit that her father is dead

____ 9. Judging from William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, what aspect of Miss Emily would he have admired most?



a.

Her love for Homer Barron

b.

Being out of touch with reality

c.

Having an “inexhaustible voice”

d.

Her enduring from generation to generation

____ 10. In his speech, Faulkner says that “the human heart in conflict with itself” is the only thing worth writing is about. “A Rose for Emily” portrays the human heart in conflict with itself by showing that Emily —



a.

felt both love and hate for Homer Barron

b.

performed all her actions with an aristocratic sense of sureness

c.

kept the same black servant throughout her life

d.

was a Grierson through and through



Literary Focus: Setting

The questions below refer to the selection “A Rose for Emily.”
____ 11. The small-town setting of the story helps the reader understand —

a.

why the thwarting of Emily’s desire to marry mattered so much

b.

the history of the Civil War

c.

why Emily’s father did not let her marry

d.

the tolerant attitudes of the townspeople toward African Americans

____ 12. The town described in the story is a(n) —



a.

idealized view of Southern society

b.

unnecessary backdrop to the action

c.

distraction from more important things

d.

crucial part of the story’s plot

____ 13. All of the following factors are important aspects of this story’s setting except



a.

Colonel Sartoris’s death

c.

customs for treating the upper classes

b.

the old, decaying house

d.

attitudes toward African Americans



Reading Skills: Making Inferences About Characters

The question below refers to the selection “A Rose for Emily.”
____ 14. All of the following details help you make the inference that Miss Emily is a murderer except the —

a.

smell in the house

c.

arsenic she buys

b.

disappearance of Homer Barron

d.

market basket



Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selections “A Worn Path”; “‘Is Phoenix Jackson's Grandson Really Dead?’”
____ 15. Phoenix Jackson’s goal for her journey is to —

a.

beg for money on the streets

c.

go for her yearly medical checkup

b.

get medicine for her grandson’s throat

d.

assist a hunter in the woods

____ 16. In this story, Natchez is a —



a.

dog

c.

city

b.

person

d.

steamboat

____ 17. On her journey, Phoenix comes upon a(n) —



a.

old woman with a cane

c.

feast under a tree in the forest

b.

hunter and his dog

d.

alligator under a log

____ 18. The incidents with the thorn bush and the scarecrow indicate that Phoenix —



a.

has trouble seeing

c.

has trouble walking

b.

fears nothing

d.

drifts in and out of consciousness

____ 19. Throughout her journey, Phoenix —



a.

wants to turn back

c.

is determined to keep going

b.

tries to remember where she is going

d.

thinks only of her grandson

____ 20. How is Phoenix able to remember the way to her destination?



a.

There are signs at regular intervals along the path.

b.

She asks several helpful people for directions.

c.

She is able to find her way with the help of a large black dog.

d.

After many trips there, her feet remember where to take her.

____ 21. When Phoenix arrives at the doctor’s office, the attendant thinks that Phoenix is —



a.

in the wrong building

c.

from the country

b.

insane

d.

a charity case

____ 22. Phoenix plans to use her two nickels to buy —



a.

a paper windmill

c.

a new dress

b.

throat medicine

d.

a new cane

____ 23. According to Eudora Welty, what question do students ask most frequently about “A Worn Path”?



a.

“How did you get the idea for this story?”

b.

“Did this really happen, or did you make it up?”

c.

“Is Phoenix Jackson’s grandson really dead?”

d.

“Was Phoenix Jackson based on a real person?”

____ 24. According to Welty, what is her best answer to this popular question?



a.

Phoenix Jackson was based on the woman who raised her as a child.

b.

Phoenix Jackson is alive.

c.

Some of the story was based on reality, but the plot was mostly invented.

d.

The grandson is actually alive.



Literary Focus: Theme

The questions below refer to the selections “A Worn Path”; “‘Is Phoenix Jackson's Grandson Really Dead?’”
____ 25. The theme of a story is —

a.

never stated directly

b.

something the main character agrees with

c.

the identity of the storyteller

d.

an important idea or insight evoked by the story

____ 26. Which of the following statements expresses a theme?



a.

The story takes Phoenix through the woods, across a river, and into a city.

b.

Phoenix Jackson is an old woman living in the South several decades ago.

c.

Life can be compared to an eventful journey.

d.

A path is a long, usually narrow route for travel.

____ 27. The main theme of “A Worn Path” can best be expressed as —



a.

the temptation to steal is a powerful test of faith

b.

incredible physical strength can result from age and wisdom

c.

an overwhelming presence of nature can threaten human lives

d.

strong devotion helps people continue on a difficult journey

____ 28. One theme of this story can best be compared to a particular archetype of the journey, which might be characterized as a(n) —



a.

endless road to nowhere

b.

long trail with obstacles and challenges

c.

high-speed chase down a freeway

d.

bumpy dirt road through a cornfield



Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selection “Birches.”
____ 29. The image that starts the speaker onto the train of thought that guides the poem is a(n) —

a.

pile of cut logs on the edge of the woods

b.

stand of trees in which some of the trees curve down to the earth

c.

orchard in which young saplings are sprouting

d.

young man who has injured himself climbing trees

____ 30. Why couldn’t this poem be about oaks or maples?



a.

Birches are especially slender and bendable.

b.

Oaks and maples don’t grow in Robert Frost’s part of the world.

c.

The words oaks and maples wouldn’t sound right in the poem.

d.

The trees Frost saw were birches, so he had to write about them.

____ 31. According to the speaker, what has caused the birches to bend?



a.

A sudden windstorm

b.

Boys swinging from the treetops

c.

Ice during a winter storm

d.

A problem in the growth of the seedling

____ 32. The metaphor “heaps of broken glass” in line 12 describes —



a.

a boy’s injury

b.

sawdust lying at the foot of tree stumps

c.

the speaker’s eyeglasses, which change his view of the trees

d.

shattered ice

____ 33. The poet compares the trees’ trailing their leaves on the ground to —



a.

boys playing in the trees

c.

the inner dome of heaven

b.

girls drying their hair

d.

boys playing baseball

____ 34. The speaker of the poem —



a.

is a man who swung birches when he was a boy

b.

is a boy who is nervous about swinging his first birch

c.

speaks with no personal authority on the subject of birch swinging

d.

is the father of a boy who has injured himself in a tree

____ 35. Birches, ice, snow, and dark branches tell you that the visual imagery in “Birches” is —



a.

rainbow hued

b.

tinged with the pink and violet of twilight

c.

loud and clattering

d.

mostly black and white

____ 36. According to the poem, a boy who swings birches experiences —



a.

a terrifying near-death vision

b.

the pleasures of both heaven and earth

c.

the anger of the farmer who owns the land

d.

a number of minor injuries

____ 37. The speaker dreams of becoming a birch swinger once again when —



a.

he is tired of the cares of human life

b.

he reaches a stumbling block in his writing

c.

the days are beautiful and everything seems perfect

d.

it is painful to walk through the pathless forest

____ 38. What view of life does the speaker express in lines 53–59?



a.

Earthly life is a sham.

b.

The only wisdom lies in seeking heaven.

c.

Pleasure is the only worthwhile pursuit.

d.

A good life combines earthly life with spiritual yearnings.






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