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Grade 9 The Lottery
What is the setting of the story?
  1. A small village
  2. Summer
  3. June 27th
  4. All of the above
Grade 9 The Lottery
What is the theme of the story?
  1. Stone people to have a successful harvest
  2. Blindly following a tradition can be dangerous
  3. Not everything is as it seems
Grade 9 The Lottery
What is an example of foreshadowing in the story?
  1. The black box
  2. The slips of paper
  3. Children gathering stones at the start of the story
  4. Mr. Summers description
Grade 9 The Most Dangerous Game
Why does Zaroff recognize Rainsford's name?
  1. Zaroff has lured Rainsford to the island.
  2. Zaroff paid Whitney to knock Rainsford off the yacht.
  3. Zaroff has read Rainsford's book on hunting.
  4. Zaroff watches Rainsford's hunting show on TV.
Grade 9 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
What is Walter Mitty like in his daydreams?
  1. He is bumbling and timid.
  2. He is capable and brave.
  3. He is efficient but weak.
Grade 9 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
What is Walter Mitty like in his daily life?
  1. He is bumbling and timid.
  2. He is capable and brave.
  3. He is cowardly but strong.
Grade 9 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty's character is both:
  1. round and dynamic
  2. flat and dynamic
  3. round and static
Grade 9 The Lottery
What is the point of view from which the story was written?
  1. 1st person
  2. 3rd person limited
  3. 3rd person omniscient
  4. 2nd person
Grade 9 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Which statement most accurately describes the humor in Thurber's story?
  1. It stems not from joy but from the sadness of Mitty's life.
  2. It is based mainly on slapstick, physical humor.
  3. It is lighthearted, romantic comedy.
Grade 9 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Which of the following best describes Mrs. Mitty's attitude toward her husband?
  1. Mrs. Mitty is respectful toward her husband.
  2. Mrs. Mitty is patronizing toward her husband.
  3. Mrs. Mitty is admiring toward her husband.
Grade 10 The Most Dangerous Game
What does General Zaroff's final utterance of "En garde" suggest about his character?
  1. He is courageous
  2. He is afraid
  3. He is clever
  4. He is a fighter
Grade 9 The Most Dangerous Game
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
At the end of the play, the sound the main character hears could be any of the following EXCEPT:
  1. the old man's heart continuing to beat.
  2. his own heartbeat.
  3. his imagination.
  4. his guilty conscience.
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