Short Story Quiz
  • 1. In Trouble: After the incident with Columbia and Olaf, Paulsen realizes that ...
A) dogs cannot be trusted because they are wild creatures
B) some dogs have a complex set of humanlike emotions
C) dogs are better than people
D) dogs will attack each other if not separated by fences
  • 2. In Trouble: What does Paulsen mean at the end of the story when he says "And the dogs could teach me"?
A) Animals show us how to avoid getting hurt
B) Animals can teach people how to be better human beings
C) Animals can teach people how to find food
D) Paulsen's dogs are smarter than he is
  • 3. In Trouble: Paulsen most likely opens the story with a description of the cold ...
A) to get it out of the way early on
B) to show that winter can be as beautiful as spring
C) to indicate the cold will play a major role in the plot
D) because he feels most comfortable in the extreme cold
  • 4. Raymond's Run: Squeaky dislikes Cynthia Proctor most because Cynthia ...
A) pretends that her accomplishments do not require any effort
B) constantly wins first prizein class spelling bees
C) refuses to take part in the May Day races
D) knows how to play the piano very well
  • 5. Raymond's Run: After seeing Raymond run, Squeaky decides to ...
A) encourage Raymond to keep running
B) encourage Raymond to enter the spelling bee
C) give Raymond her ribbons and medals
D) persuade Raymond to stop running
  • 6. Ryamond's Run: Which of the following statements is the best example of external conflict?
A) Squeaky worries that she won't win the race
B) Squeaky challenges people who make fun of Raymond
C) During the big race, Raymond runs outside the fence
D) Squeaky wins many awards, but Raymond has nothing
  • 7. The Circuit: Tha narrator's main conflict is between his desire to ...
A) leave his family and the family's need of his work
B) play the trumpet and his lack of musical ability
C) stay in one place and his family's need to move
D) leave Mexico and his desire to stay in California
  • 8. The Circuit: Based on the details in the essay, you can infer that Panchito ...
A) feels pity for the sharecropper who hires his father
B) enjoys moving with his family during harvest
C) does not enjoy moving from place to place
D) wants to be a farmer when he grows up
  • 9. The Circuit: The title of this literary essay refers to ...
A) the family's travels as migrant workers
B) going around and around in a circle
C) an electrical connection
D) a mystical connection among family members
  • 10. The Wise Old Woman: According to the young lord's new decree, all individuals who reach the age of 71 must ...
A) be taken to the palace to work as slaves
B) be left in the mountains to die alone
C) serve Lord Higa to save the village
D) be shipped to a different country to live
  • 11. The Wise Old Woman: At the end of the story the young lord had decided that the old people of the village ...
A) "...will be allowed to live out their years quietly."
B) "...will be taken care of in a village for other old people."
C) "...will be treated with the respect and honor they deserve."
D) "...will be sent to America."
  • 12. The Wise Old Woman: Lord Higa required the villagers to solve all of the following challenges except ...
A) make a drum sound without beating it
B) make a silk thread weave through several holes
C) make a rope of ash
D) make all the old people disappear
  • 13. The Cay: Which of the following conclusions or inferences can you reasonably make about Phillip's character?
A) He is fun-loving and lazy
B) He lacks self-confidence
C) He feels sorry for himself
D) He is brave and intelligent
  • 14. The Cay: What details tell you that the setting of this story is a tropical island?
A) a wooden crate
B) palm trees and coconuts
C) birds
D) warm sun
  • 15. The Cay: Being blind and alone on a small island is scary enough for Phillip, but what detail adds horror to the mood?
A) Timothy's knife
B) Stew cat
C) a signal fire
D) attacking birds
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