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Part A: Multiple Choice

Questions 1–10 refer to “Strong Temptations—Strategic Movements—The Innocents Beguiled.” Select the response that best completes the statement or answers the question.

1. Which part of the story reflects Mark Twain’s interest in riverboats?

a. Sid’s reaction to what happens with the whitewash

b. Aunt Polly being a stern authority figure
c. Tom whitewashing the fence for Aunt Polly
d. Ben’s pretending when he first sees Tom by the fence

2. What is the setting of the story?

a. a beautiful summer day in a small village
b. a snowy winter morning in a large city
c. a crisp fall day in the rural countryside
d. a rainy spring afternoon at a county fair

3. How does Tom get the other boys to pay him to do his work?

a. He gives them each a marble and a look at his sore toe.
b. He pretends that the work is too important for them to do.
c. He leaves the paint bucket unattended while he goes to the well.
d. He gets Aunt Polly to bake the boys her famous oatmeal cookies.

4. What does Aunt Polly do to Jim when she catches him talking to Tom?

a. She invites him in for a cool glass of lemonade.
b. She gives him a paint brush and tells him to help Tom paint the fence.
c. She swats him with a slipper and sends him on his way to fetch water.
d. She tells him to go fishing on the river instead of helping Tom.

5. Who or what is the antagonist in the story?

a. Sid
b. the fence
c. Tom’s sore toe
d. a steamboat

6. What law of human nature is Twain commenting on with this story?

a. When too many people do a job, it is usually poorly done.
b. Hard work builds character in a young man.
c. Most people are willing to help out a friend in need.
d. If something is difficult to attain, people will want it more.

7. Which literary device does Twain use to expose the foolishness in people?

a. simile

b. second-person narration
c. satire
d. allusion

8. Why does Tom envy the fact that Jim is going to the town well to get water?

a. There are lots of kids at the town pump getting water and socializing.

b. It is cool at the town pump, and it would be refreshing to drink the cool water.
c. Jim is getting very strong from carrying the buckets back from the town pump.
d. Aunt Polly pays Jim two dollars for getting the water from the town pump.

9. What did Tom get for letting the boys paint the fence?

a. a scolding from Aunt Polly

b. a blister on his left hand from working so hard
c. an apple, a dead rat, and a kite
d. a black eye when the kids beat him up

10. What is an example of onomatopoeia in the story?

a. Ben’s pretend sounds

b. Tom whitewashing with vigor
c. Ben becoming envious of Tom
d. Jim running down the street with a tingling rear end

Part B: Multiple Choice

Questions 11–20 refer to “It Used to be Green Once.” Select the response that best completes the statement or answers the question.

11. Where did the family get the car in “It Used to be Green Once”?

a. They bought it at an auction.

b. Grandmother Francis left it to them in her will.
c. Uncle Raz gave it to them because he couldn’t fix it.
d. Father won it in a raffle at the American Legion Club.

12. Why did Reweti make fun of the fruit the kids had for lunch?

a. The fruit had holes in it.

b. The fruit was out of season.
c. They ate the fruit without peeling it.
d. They were eating fruit from a can.

13. What did Mr. Hadley do when Mum drove by the kids when they were walking home?

a. He looked the other way and pretended he didn’t see her.

b. He jumped in the back of the car on top of the shopping.
c. He offered to drive the kids home himself.
d. He asked Mum to make him a new set of swimming togs.

14. What happened to the old car after the family got a new one?

a. They traded it in for the new car.

b. Mr. Hadley bought the car from Mum.
c. The oldest sister, Lisa, was given the car.
d. The kids made Dad take it to the dump.

15. How did Mum break the law?

a. She did not have a driver’s license.

b. She would speed all the way to town in the car.
c. She had an accident when she ran into a fence and did not report it.
d. She was driving without any headlights at night.

16. From what point of view is the story told?

a. omniscient

b. first person
c. second person
d. third person

17. Which of the following shows that Mum is thrifty?

a. She walks to town on Wednesdays to do the shopping and to save gas in the car.

b. She drives the convertible with the top down to avoid using the air conditioner.
c. She makes new swimsuits out of old ones and darns their clothes.
d. She takes in Mr. Hadley as a boarder to help to pay the bills.

18. Which of the following is TRUE after Dad wins the lottery?

a. He puts the money in the bank and does not let the kids have new shoes.

b. He sells the farm and does not work any longer.
c. He gives the money to the church.
d. He and Mum do not change.

19. What is odd about Mum’s new car?

a. It is shiny red and does not show the dirt from the country roads.

b. It has ropes holding things onto the outside of it.
c. It is an electric car, so it does not need to use gas.
d. It does not have any doors or windows.

20. How do the neighbors know when Mum is going shopping?

a. She honks as she goes down the road.

b. She calls them on the phone to find out what they need.
c. She stops at each person’s house to get a list.
d. She puts a big red flag on top of the car so they see her go by.

Part C: Multiple Choice

Questions 21–30 refer to “The Hockey Sweater.” Select the response that best completes the statement or answers the question.

21. What is the inciting incident in “The Hockey Sweater”?

a. The vicar tells the narrator he must play by the rules.

b. The narrator breaks his hockey stick.
c. The new sweater is the wrong one.
d. The narrator feels persecuted because of his sweater.

22. Who or what is the antagonist in the story?

a. the broken stick

b. the new sweater
c. the winter weather
d. Maurice Richard

23. Why does the narrator’s mother order the sweater from a catalogue?

a. She is too lazy to go shopping.

b. She has no transportation to go to town to buy new clothes.
c. She doesn’t want to buy their clothes at the local store.
d. They have no stores in the small town that sell clothes.

24. When the wrong sweater comes, why doesn’t the narrator’s mother return it?

a. The catalogue does not allow merchandise to be returned.

b. It is signed by Maurice Richard, so it is a collector’s item.
c. It would take too long to get a replacement sweater.
d. All of the boys are now wearing blue Maple Leafs sweaters.

25. Which literary device does this quote best represent? “The Maple Leafs sweater weighed on my shoulders like a mountain.”

a. metaphor

b. simile
c. irony
d. allusion

26. How does the narrator’s hockey stick get broken?

a. He hit the ice with it when he was mad, and it broke.

b. He shuts it in the car door when his mom drops him off at the rink.
c. A player from another team breaks it.
d. The vicar breaks it because of his bad behavior.

27. What is the setting of the story?

a. Canada

b. New Zealand
c. Paris
d. St. Petersburg

28. Which team is the favorite in the story?

a. New York Rangers

b. Calgary Flames
c. Toronto Maple Leafs
d. Montreal Canadiens

29. Why did Mother think that Monsieur Eaton would be insulted if they returned the sweater?

a. He is French and does not like the English Canadians.

b. He made the sweater himself.
c. He is a Maple Leafs fan because he is British.
d. He has a very short temper and gets insulted easily.

30. How was this story honored in Canada?

a. It is has become the basis for the national anthem.

b. The author was elected as the vice-president of Canada.
c. A quote from the story was placed on the five dollar bill for a time.
d. A large statue was erected at the capitol building.

Part D: Matching

Match the term in the box with the best definition for the bolded word in each sentence.

a. winged insects
b. required
c. cheerfulness
d. sheep meat
e. peacefully
31. “Once she threw a side of mutton out to Uncle Peta and it knocked him over and broke his leg.”
32. “He took up his brush and went tranquilly to work.”
33. “I asked Him to send, as quickly as possible, moths that would eat up my Maple Leafs sweater.”
34. “Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face but alacrity in his heart.”
35. “. . . Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”

Part E: Matching

Match the term in the box with the best definition for the bolded word in each sentence.

a. hateful
b. overshoes
c. severely beaten
d. bragged
e. gloominess
36. “As soon as she had everything tidy she’d change into her good purple dress that she’d made from a Japanese bedspread, pull on her floppy brimmed blue sunhat and her slippers and galoshes, and go out and start up the car.”
37. “She pulled the sweater down and carefully smoothed all of the creases in the abominable maple leaf on which, right in the middle of my chest, were written the words ‘Toronto Maple Leafs’.”
38. “He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit.”
39. “Besides, the Toronto team was regularly trounced by the triumphant Canadiens.”
40. “Some of the younger kids skited to their mates about our convertible and its top that went up and down.”

Part F: Matching

Match each quote with the correct story.

a. “Strong Temptations—Strategic Movements—The Innocents Beguiled”
b. “It Used to be Green Once”
c. “The Hockey Sweater”
41. “We cut all of his pictures out of the papers. Truly, we knew everything about him.”
42. “As soon as she’d left the store she’d begin hooting again, to let the whole district know she was on her way.”
43. “The shame of the rainbow darns and cut-up togs was nothing to what we suffered because of the car.”
44. “She started to leaf through the catalogue the Eaton company sent us in the mail every year.”
45. “That was too much! It was unfair! It was persecution!”

Part G: Matching

Match each quote with the correct story.

a. “Strong Temptations—Strategic Movements—The Innocents Beguiled”
b. “It Used to be Green Once”
c. “The Hockey Sweater”
46. “Say—I’m going in a swimming, I am. Don’t you wish you could? But of course you’d druther work—wouldn’t you? Course you would.”
47. “The boy mused a while over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward headquarters to report.”
48. “The boys didn’t like having to walk home but we girls didn’t mind because Mr. Hadley walked home too.”
49. “If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”
50. “If you make up your mind about things before you try, my boy, you won’t go very far in this life.”

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