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Homework Help: Literature (short story)

Posted by Frances on Friday, April 18, 2008 at 2:09pm.

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"

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