13 Literature Questions

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  1. Read the poem that follows and select the images of death that also appear in The Sweet Hereafter.
    “Absence” by Amy Lowell

    My cup is empty to-night,
    Cold and dry are its sides,
    Chilled by the wind from the open window.
    Empty and void, it sparkles white in the moonlight.
    The room is filled with the strange scent
    Of wisteria blossoms.
    They sway in the moon’s radiance
    And tap against the wall.
    But the cup of my heart is still,
    And cold, and empty.
    When you come, it brims
    Red and trembling with blood,
    Heart’s blood for your drinking;
    To fill your mouth with love
    And the bitter-sweet taste of a soul.

    The cold
    The darkness
    The sweetness
    The empty cup

3 points


  1. Match each kind of figurative language from a poem with the same kind of figurative language from the novel The Sweet Hereafter.
    – A. B. C. We sounded like strangers, sitting in a dentist’s waiting room.Read Answer Items for Question 2
    – A. B. C. I could hear the bedsprings squeak as he got into bed next to Mom, and soon I heard him snoring.Read Answer Items for Question 2
    – A. B. C. The skeleton of the Ferris wheel…called out to meRead Answer Items for Question 2

    A. At the word, the saw,/As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,/Leaped out at the boy’s hand
    B. The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard/And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood; Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
    C. A Window opens like a Pod

6 points


  1. Read the poem below and answer the question that follows.”Ashes of Life” by Edna St. Vincent MillayLove has gone and left me and the days are all alike;
    Eat I must, and sleep I will, – and would that night were here!
    But ah! – to lie awake and hear the slow hours strike!
    Would that it were day again! – with twilight near!

    Love has gone and left me and I don’t know what to do;
    This or that or what you will is all the same to me;
    But all the things that I begin I leave before I’m through, –
    There’s little use in anything as far as I can see.

    Love has gone and left me, – and the neighbors knock and borrow,
    And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse, –
    And to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow
    There’s the little street and this little house.

    How do the poem and The Sweet Hereafter deal with loss in a similar way?

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3 points


  1. Which best identifies the difference in conflict between chapter four of the novel versus Frost’s poem, “Out, Out -“?
    External versus internal
    Internal versus abstract
    Internal versus external
    External versus abstract

3 points


  1. Which best identifies the difference in setting between chapter four of the novel versus Frost’s poem “Out, Out -“?
    Specific town versus specific house
    Specific town versus general rural area
    Rural town versus farmhouse
    General town versus general house

3 points


  1. In section four, why does Nichole want to go to the fair on Sunday?
    She is proud of the victory she has won.
    She wants everyone to see her wheelchair.
    She is ready to reenter her life.
    She wants to see Dolores Driscoll.

3 points


  1. In section five, what does Billy Ansel mean when he says, “‘The girl has done us all, every single person in town, a valuable service. Even you, Abbott. Even you, Dolores, believe it or not.'”?
    Nichole told a lie to save the town.
    Nichole told the truth and now everyone knows it.
    Nichole lied to save the town and give Dolores peace.
    Nichole lied to get back at her father for abusing her.

3 points


  1. In section four, what is Nichole confronting her father about when she says, “‘But we know the truth,’ I said, ‘Don’t we?’
    Her condition after the accident
    How he used to abuse her
    The lie she told in the courtroom
    Why he wanted the lawsuit

3 points


  1. In section five, what is symbolic about Boomer’s participation in the demolition derby?
    Jimbo is the first person to come and see Dolores after the accident.
    Boomer’s victory symbolizes Dolores’s victory over her guilt.
    Since Boomer is sponsored by Billy’s station, it is a victory for Billy.
    Billy finally tells Dolores about his plan to save the town.

3 points

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  1. The conclusion is arguably the hardest paragraph of an analysis to write. Select all of the following that may be used to make a conclusion memorable rather than repetitive.
    Evaluating an author’s success in conveying his/her message
    Offering an opinion of the value or significance of the text
    Making prediction about what will happen next in the text
    Providing a personal statement about the topic of the text
    Using one or two interesting direct quotations from the text

3 points


  1. Select all that could serve as a hook for the introduction of a literary analysis.
    An analogy or metaphor
    A definition of terms
    A meaningful quotation
    A universal idea
    A startling fact

4 points


  1. Click HERE to read The Wages of Sin literary analysis. (Note: Some paragraphs of the original essay have been removed, but all the information needed to answer the questions is provided.) Match each example from the essay with the part of the literary analysis that the example fulfills.
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. CommentaryRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. ThesisRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. Lead-InRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. ClincherRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. HookRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. SummaryRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. Concrete DetailRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. Topic SentenceRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. Parenthetical CitationRead Answer Items for Question 3
    – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. TransitionRead Answer Items for Question 3

    A. So Giovanni, like Rappaccini, is betrayed by faith in an idea.
    B. She turns from the poison with which her father nourished and sustained her and accepts the antidote which Giovanni, her lover offers her.
    C. Perhaps the deeper cause of the tragedy lies in fact that neither Giovanni nor Rappaccini love or trust Beatrice more than his beliefs.
    D. (399)
    E. Trust is like a mirror; once it has been shattered, nothing ever looks quite the same.
    F. Still, wages of betrayal are more horrible – life.
    G. Rappaccini is confronted with his treachery by Beatrice in her dying moments when she asks,
    H. This story goes beyond mere tragedy, however.
    I. In “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Hawthorne exposes the effects of betrayal in order to demonstrate that all in this world is untrustworthy and death is the only certainty.
    J. As she dies from the antidote, she charges Giovanni with her death saying, “Farewell, Giovanni. Thy words of hatred are like lead within my heart…Oh, was there from the first not more poison in thy nature than in mine?” (420).

20 points


  1. Select all that are essential to an effective introduction to a literary analysis.
    A memorable clincher
    The author and title of the work
    A description of the setting
    A thesis statement about the theme
    A very brief summary of the text

3 points

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