Read the passage from Chapter 2 of Lord of t/he Flies



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Practice 1

Read the passage from Chapter 2 of Lord of t/he Flies, "Fire on the Mountain," that begins "They assented" and ends "and cradled the conch" (pages 42-44). The paragraph numbers and first words of each paragraph are listed below.

1 "They assented"

2 "'I agree with Ralph'"

3 "He turned to Ralph"

4 "'Ralph, I'll split up'"

5 "This generosity brought"

6 "'We'll let the fire bum out'''

7 "The assembly assented"

8 "'And we'll be responsible'"

9 "They gazed intently"

10 "The sun in the west"

11 "Roger took the conch"

12 "'I've been watching the sea'"

13 "A murmur rose"

14 '" I said before we'll be rescued'" 15 "Daring, indignant"

16 '''That's what I said! ",

1 7 "His voice lifted"

18 "'You said you wanted'"

19 "He paused in the tumult"

20 "'You got your small fire'"

21 "Smoke was rising"

22 "'You got your small fire'"

23 '''Oh, shut up!'"

24 "'I got the conch'"

25 "They looked at him"


Practice I



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Use the passage from Chapter 2 of Lord of the Flies, "Fire on the Mountain," which begins "They assented" and ends "and cradled the conch" (pp. 42-44) to answer Questions 1-10.

1.

In the first paragraph. the author pairs the words in the phrase holding the delicate thing carefullv with in his sooty' hands to-­

A

create a heroic image

B

provide a contrast between the object and the boy

c

highlight the similarities between the shell and the hands

D

show the boy's indifference to the beauty of the shell

2.

The reader can infer that the boys applaud Jacks' statements (paragraphs 4 and 5) because they­

F

are moved by his smooth and polished way of speaking

G

are happy that they won't have to do the work themselves

H

think that Jack needs their encouragement

J

feel that Ralph wanted them to applaud Jack's statements

3.

The little silhouette mentioned in paragraph 9 refers to-­

A

Jack's shadow cast by the fire

B

the coastline of their distant homeland

c

the sun setting on the sea's horizon

D

the outline of a ship at sea

4.

Which of the following words in a glossary means the same as .tirade as it is used on page 45
F entreaty-an earnest request or petition

G

panegyric-an elaborate speech intended as a public compliment

H

diatribe--a bitter and abusive criticism or condemnation

J

capitulation-an acknowledgement of defeat or surrender

5.

In paragraph 21. the author uses personification and similes to describe the fire in order to-­

A

show that it has a life of its own and is out of the boys' control

B

underline the beauty of the flames and explain why the boys are afraid

c

provide some excitement in the plot and a break from all the dialogue

D

reveal Piggy's poetic nature and his ability to describe scenes in nature

6.

In paragraphs 20 and 22. the tone of Piggy's statement: "You got your small fire all right" is­

F

lightly humorous

G

sarcastic

H

nervous

J

serious

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6

How does the author show that Piggy is something of a social outcast in the group of boys: Support your answer with evidence from the text.

9.

10. \Vhat does the conch represent in the boys' assembly? Support your answer with evidence from the

text.


7.

In the last sentence of paragraph 21 and in the final paragraph of the passage, the author most probably chose the word drum-roll to describe the noise of the fire because of the word's­

Ralph will give up his role as chief

8.

From the last sentence of the passage. a reader can predict that­

F

G

a passing ship will see the fire

A

positive association with marching bands

H

the boys will never start another fire

B

exact description of the actual sound of the fire

J

things will probably get worse for the boys

c

negative association with executions and death

D

familiarity to his readers

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