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Jabberwocky (Grade 9)

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Instructions: Use the following poem to answer the questions:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Which of the following makes "Jabberwocky" a humorous poem?
  1. the descriptions of the boy and his father
  2. the poem's complex and suspenseful plot
  3. the descriptions of the boy's fighting techniques
  4. invented words and descriptions of unusual creatures
In "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, what draws the boy into the "tulgey wood"?
  1. the mimsy borogoves
  2. the need to hunt and gather food
  3. the wish to slay his longtime foe
  4. the need to find his missing sword
What literacy device is the word "snicker-snack" an example of?
  1. Alliteration
  2. Onomatopoeia
  3. Rhythm
  4. Symbolism
The word "slithy" in the first line of the poem is used as an:
  1. adverb
  2. verb
  3. adjective
  4. noun
Which reading strategy can you use to understand the nonsense words in the poem?
  1. Context clues
  2. Visualize
  3. Sound out the word
  4. Use prior knowledge
What is the father's reaction when he discovers his son has slain the Jabberwock?
  1. Angry
  2. Disappointed
  3. Joyous
  4. Happy
Which word or phrase is not used to describe the Jabberwock?
  1. Eyes of flame
  2. Burbled
  3. Wiffling
  4. Frumious
Stanzas 1 and 7 best demonstrate which literary technique?
  1. Rhyme
  2. Repetition
  3. Alliteration
  4. Imagery
Which stanzas in the poem make the Jabberwock appear scariest?
  1. Stanzas two and four
  2. Stanzas three and five
  3. Stanzas one and two
  4. Stanzas six and seven
In which stanza does the poem change from scary and adventurous to more joyful and triumphant?
  1. Stanza one
  2. Stanza four
  3. Stanza five
  4. Stanza seven
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