The Ransom of Red Chief
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  • Question 1
    30 seconds
    Q. Why does Bill ask Sam to lower the Ransom from $2000 to $1500?
    answer choices
    He hates money
    He doesn't think anyone should pay that much for Johnny
    He thinks Ebenezer is poor
    He wants to keep Johnny
  • Question 2
    30 seconds
    Q. The quote "He put up a fight like a welter weight cinnamon bear" is an example of what?
    answer choices
  • Question 3
    30 seconds
    Q. Bills runs as far away from the Dorset house as he can get in which part of the story?
    answer choices
    the exposition
    the climax
    the rising action
    the resolution
  • Question 4
    45 seconds
    Q. Who is the narrator of the story?
    answer choices
    Red Chief
    Ebenezer Dorset
    Bill Driscoll
  • Question 5
    45 seconds
    Q. Why didn't the boy try to escape from Bill and Sam?
    answer choices
    He did not kjnow where he was.
    He was having too much fun.
    He was too far from home.
    He was afreaid they would catch him.
  • Question 6
    45 seconds
    Q. Sam and Bill told Red Chief that his father had bought him a rifle and moccasins because they wanted him to
    answer choices
    go hunting with them.
    go home.
    be happy.
    feel tricked.
  • Question 7
    45 seconds
    Q. Who suffered the most in this story?
    answer choices
    Red Chief
    the narrator
    Ebvenezer Dorset
  • Question 8
    45 seconds
    Q. Bill and Sam decided to commit their crime in Summit because they thought
    answer choices
    they would not get caught
    it was close to Illinois
    no one would miss Red Chief
    they would get lots of publicity
  • Question 9
    45 seconds
    Q. Why did Bill suggest lowering the ransom amount to $1500?
    answer choices
    He did not think Ebenezer Dorset had much money
    He wanted to leave town as soon as possible
    He came to enjoy the boy's company and wanted to help him
    He did not think anyone would pay  $2000 for the boy
  • Question 10
    45 seconds
    Q. Why did Sam and Bill pay Ebenezer Dorset?
    answer choices
    They wanted to keep him from reporting their crime
    They felt quilty for kidnapping his son
    They wanted to get rid of his son
    They felt sorry for him
  • Question 11
    45 seconds
    Q. An example of situational irony in O. Henry's story "The Ransom of Red Chief is that the kidnappers...
    answer choices
    choose a child of a well-to-do citizen to kidnap for ransom
    actually pay money to the child's parent to return the kidnapped victim
    are named Sam and Bill
    do not choose a very good location to exchange the ransom money
  • Question 12
    45 seconds
    Q. When Sam references King Herod, he uses a 
    answer choices
    biblical allusion
    historical allusion
    mythological allusion
    cultural allusion
  • Question 13
    45 seconds
    Q. What was the first thing the boy does to Bill?
    answer choices
    hit him in the eye with a piece of brick
    ride on his back for ninety miles
    scalp him
    put a hot potato down his back
  • Question 14
    45 seconds
    Q. With what did Sam threaten Red Chief if he doesn't behave?
    answer choices
    broil him at the stake
    scalp him
    take him home
    tie him up
  • Question 15
    45 seconds
    Q. What were the terms of Mr. Dorset's counter offer?
    answer choices
    He will pay two thousand dollars.
    He will pay one thousand dollars.
    He will contact the police.
    He will accept two hundred fifty dollars in payment from the kidnappers. 
  • Question 16
    45 seconds
    Q. The climax of the plot occurs when...
    answer choices
    Ebenezer Dorset's letter demands $250 in order to receive Johnny back home
    Red Chief hits Bill Driscoll with a piece of brick
    Sam and Bill hide Johnny in a wagon and take him to the cave
    Johnny tells the kidnappers that he wants to stay with him
  • Question 17
    45 seconds
    Q. Where do the kidnapper's hide Johnny or "Red Chief?"
    answer choices
    in a barn under a pile of hay
    they hide him in a cave
    they hide him in a the local store
  • Question 18
    45 seconds
    Q. What are some of the bad things Johnny does to Sam?
    answer choices
    Johnny does't do anything to Sam, it is Bill who he hits 
    He hits Sam with a rock
    He rides Sam like a horse
  • Question 19
    30 seconds

    Who is the author of the story? (Choose two--pen name AND real name).

    answer choices

    O. Henry

    Sidney Portier

    William Sydney Porter

    William O. Porter

  • Question 20
    45 seconds

    Bill's fear of Red Chief is an example of what literary term?

    answer choices

    external conflict

    rising action

    internal conflict


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