The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
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  • Question 1
    30 seconds
    Q. Why did the writer make the events occur on Maple Street, USA?
    answer choices
    The aliens were told to find this street.
    The setting indicates that small towns are filled with superstitious people.
    The main characters live on this street.
    The setting suggests that the events could happen anywhere.
  • Question 2
    45 seconds
    Q. All of the following events make the residents nervous and arouse their suspicious except
    answer choices
    One man's power mower stops working.
    The ice cream man sells treats to neighborhood children.
    A screeching roar is heard overhead.
    Steve Brand works on a ham radio in his basement.
  • Question 3
    45 seconds
    Q. What is the story's theme?
    answer choices
    Fear can cause people to think irrationally.
    People are their own worst enemies.
    Thoughts, attitudes, and prejudices are as destructive as bombs.
    All of these
  • Question 4
    30 seconds
    Q. Why do the residents start to believe Tommy's story?
    answer choices
    They had read similar stories in books.
    Tommy has always told the truth before.
    Fear overtakes their good sense.
    They think it is wise to consider every possibility.
  • Question 5
    30 seconds
    Q. When Tommy tells Mr. Brand not to go downtown, he says, "They don't want you to." To whom is he referring?
    answer choices
    aliens from outer space
    the residents of Maple Street
    their wives
    his parents
  • Question 6
    60 seconds
    Q. Right after the power failure, Charlie says, "A little power failure and we get all flustered and everything." Why is this significant?
    answer choices
    It suggests that there will be a greater power failure later in the story.
    It suggests that the residents will discover the reason behind the power failure.
    It is similar to what the creatures later say about the humans.
    It shows that Charlie will overcome his fear and save the town.
  • Question 7
    60 seconds
    Q. Which statement BEST describes a mob scene?
    answer choices
    Individual voices are drowned out, and fear and anger take over.
    Everyone works together to reach an agreement.
    Individual voices are heard, and everyone tries to act together.
    No one person is important, and each individual is respected.
  • Question 8
    30 seconds
    Q. The residents turn against Les Goodman because they -
    answer choices
    like fifth columnists.
    don't like people with foreign cars.
    distrust anyone who is different.
    know the Goodman family owns a ham radio.
  • Question 9
    30 seconds
    Q. What FACT did the woman observe about Les Goodman?
    answer choices
    He has insomnia and can't sleep some nights.
    He communicates with aliens in the middle of the night.
    He stands in his yard looking up at the stars some nights.
    He is an alien.
  • Question 10
    45 seconds
    Q. What makes this story an allegory?
    answer choices
    It could happen anywhere.
    It is science fiction.
    The aliens represent a political fear that eats away at the residents' humanity.
    Serling used this story to speak out against a social injustice of his day.
  • Question 11
    30 seconds
    Q. At the end of the play, it turns out that the REAL monster is
    answer choices
    Tommy's imagination.
    Charlie's behavior.
    fear and prejudice.
    Steve's mind.
  • Question 12
    60 seconds
    Q. Which character's speech BEST expresses the author's opinion?
    answer choices
    Charlie: "A little power failure and right away we get all flustered and everything."
    Sally: "It just doesn't seem right, keeping watch on one of our neighbors."
    Steve: "You're standing here all set to crucify - all set to find a scapegoat...the only thing that's gonna happen is that we'll eat each other up!"
    Les Goodman: "If anybody sets foot on my porch, they're going to get trouble!"
  • Question 13
    30 seconds
    Q. What causes Goodman to go outside and look at the stars some nights?
    answer choices
    He is an alien.
    He sleep walks.
    He's not allowed to smoke inside.
    He has insomnia.
  • Question 14
    30 seconds
    Q. What is the aliens' purpose in making the power go off on Maple Street?
    answer choices
    to conquer the residents
    to entertain themselves
    to teach the residents how to conserve energy
    to remain hidden from the residents
  • Question 15
    30 seconds
    Q. Who is the protagonist?
    answer choices
    Steve
    Charlie
    the aliens
    Pete Van Horn
  • Question 16
    60 seconds
    Q. Choose the sentence that is written correctly.
    answer choices
    Because Tommy is an alien, Charlie introduces the alien story.
    Tommy introduces the alien story because Charlie swears Tommy is the alien.
    Because Charlie swears Tommy is the alien, Tommy introduces the alien story.
    Because Tommy introduces the alien story, Charlie swears Tommy is the alien.
  • Question 17
    30 seconds
    Q. Steve accuses the neighbors of being "all set to find a scapegoat - all desperate to point some kind of a finger at a neighbor."  What is the BEST meaning of scapegoat?
    answer choices
    a hero
    a person blamed for the collective sins of others
    an alien in disguise
    a loose farm animal wandering through a town
  • Question 18
    30 seconds
    Q. At the opening of the play, the camera pans down to show Maple Street.  At this point the residents seem
    answer choices
    friendly with each other.
    like a violent mob.
    suspicious of one another.
    like aliens from outer space.
  • Question 19
    30 seconds
    Q. At the end of the play, the reader can infer that the residents will
    answer choices
    resolve their problems.
    meet with the aliens.
    kill each other.
    move to another town.
  • Question 20
    60 seconds
    Q. Which is the BEST summary of this story?
    answer choices
    Aliens take over a neighborhood.
    A neighborhood is plunged into darkness by a suspected meteor hit and all the neighbors go crazy and kill each other.
    On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and suspicious people wake the residents' paranoia to a disastrous and surprising end.
    Tommy gets everyone to believe his story about alien invasions, and Charlie persists in accusing everyone who is a little different of being the aliens
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