8ELA Unit 4 Exam Review (K12)
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  • Question 1
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    Which statement best describes how the author of "The Glass of Milk" created an original theme while drawing from classic tradition?

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    Rojas creates a theme of blind love by drawing on the theme in Romeo and Juliet.

    Rojas's theme of friendship is drawn from the theme in the story of Moses and his brother.

    The theme of the negative power of greed is drawn from the theme of Hamlet.

    Rojas creates a theme of having too much pride from the Oedipus Rex story.

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    Which statement best describes how the author of "The Glass of Milk" created an original character type while drawing from classic tradition?

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    Rojas draws on the prideful wanderer in the classic tradition of the Prodigal Son, but his character finds a welcome from strangers.

    Rojas draws on a selfish character in the tradition of Julius Ceasar, but his character is not killed.

    Rojas draws on the comical character in the tradition of Shakespeare's Falstaff, but his character has no friends.

    Rojas draws on an intellectual character similar to Moses, but his character does not become a leader.

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    Read the excerpt from "To Build a Fire."


    The result was that a crystal beard of the color and solidity of amber was increasing its length on his chin. If he fell down it would shatter itself, like glass, into brittle fragments.


    Which statement best interprets the phrase shatter itself, like glass?

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    It's a simile that helps describe that the beard is made of ice.

    It's a metaphor, explaining how fragile the man is in the cold.

    It's a simile that explains how painful the man's beard is.

    It's a metaphor that shows the man's incompetence in the wilderness.

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    Read the excerpt from "To Build a Fire."


    There was nobody to talk to and, had there been, speech would have been impossible because of the ice muzzle on his mouth.


    Which statement best interprets the phrase ice muzzle on his mouth?

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    It's imagery, showing how frozen over the man's mouth has become.

    It's a simile that explains why the man is unable to speak.

    It's a metaphor that shows how alone the man is.

    It's a metaphor that shows that the man has nothing worthwhile to say.

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    Which statement best identifies the relationship between the words boisterous and obnoxious and explains how it influences their meaning?

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    They are synonyms; their meanings are nearly the same.

    They are cognates; their meanings are connected because they developed from the same Greek root words.

    They are synonyms; their meanings are exactly the same.

    They are antonyms; their meanings are the exact opposite of each other.

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    Which statement best identifies the relationship between the words outgoing and reclusive and explains how it influences their meaning?

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    They are synonyms; their meanings are nearly the same.

    They are cognates; their meanings are connected because they developed from the same Greek root words.

    They are synonyms; their meanings are exactly the same.

    They are antonyms; their meanings are the opposite of each other.

  • Question 7
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    An Analogy:

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    comparison between two things

    is the indicator of inconsistency

    disputable facts

    arguments to help an essay

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    Which statement best describes how the man’s personality affects his decisions in “To Build a Fire”?

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    He is overconfident about his ability to hike in the wilderness alone, which leads him to a series of mistakes that become fatal for him.

    His nonchalant attitude about the old-timer's instructions leads the man to be surprised at how unprepared he is in the severe cold in the wilderness.

    The man’s arrogance is diminished when he realizes he is in over his head and wishes that he had hiked with the others to the claim.

    The man's inability to understand the significance of details, such as the impact of freezing temperatures, leads him to think the trek to the claim will be a quick one.

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    Which statement best describes the role the dog plays in "To Build a Fire"?

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    The dog acts as a foil to the man, showing how the dog's instincts help him survive while the man, despite his intelligence, dies.

    The dog represents nature, and when the dog leaves after the man dies, it represents how uncaring nature can be.

    The dog is the man's only companion and relies on him for food and fire and is lost when the man dies.

    The dog acts as the only means for the man's survival after the man cannot start another fire.

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    How does the structure of "Gumption" differ from that of "To Build a Fire"?

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    The structure of "Gumption" is cause and effect, while the structure of "To Build a Fire" is sequential.

    The structure of "Gumption" is descriptive, while the structure of "To Build a Fire" is sequential.

    The structure of "Gumption" is cause and effect, while the structure of "To Build a Fire" is compare and contrast.

    The structure of "Gumption" is sequential, while the structure of "To Build a Fire" is problem and solution.

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    Which statement best contrasts the literary techniques used in “Gumption” and “To Build a Fire”?

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    “Gumption” uses dialogue to develop the characters, while “To Build a Fire” uses foreshadowing to hint at what happens to the man.

    “To Build a Fire” uses dialogue to explain what happens to the man, while “Gumption” uses foreshadowing to hint that Sylvester will get a job.

    “Gumption” uses flashback to tell the story of Oyster and his son, while “To Build a Fire” uses flashback to describe the boys at the mining camp.

    “To Build a Fire” uses formal language to describe the setting, while “Gumption” uses colloquial language in the characters’ dialogue.

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    Which statement best explains how the third-person omniscient point of view affects "To Build a Fire"?

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    It allows the reader to experience the story directly through the eyes of the man, which builds reader sympathy for this character.

    It gives the reader access to only the man's thoughts and feelings, which makes the reader realize how arrogant and unlikable he is.

    It uses the pronoun "you" to place the reader directly in the story, which adds to the theme of isolation in nature.

    It offers insight into the man's transformation from someone who considers himself superior to nature to someone who is humbled by it.

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    Which statement best compares the use of dialogue in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Gumption"?

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    Both use it to reveal the nature of life in the Depression-era South.

    Both use it to develop the stories' characters.

    Both use it to illustrate the author's background.

    Both use it to make a point about racism.

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    Which statement best contrasts the use of dialogue in "Gumption" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"?

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    In "Gumption" dialogue is used to create realistic characters, while in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" dialogue is used to contrast reality and imagined events.

    In "Gumption," dialogue is used to develop the natural world, while in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," dialogue is used to contrast reality and imagined events.

    In "Gumption" dialogue is used to create realistic characters, while in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," dialogue is used to demonstrate correct grammar.

    In "Gumption," dialogue is used to speed the plot along, while in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" dialogue is used to create a sense of shock and horror.

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    Why does the third-person omniscient point of view in "The Piece of String" make the reader feel sympathy for the old man?

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    It shows the reader only the old man's desperate thoughts.

    It reveals the old man's frustration and the lack of compassion from his neighbors.

    It allows the reader to see the story from one of the characters' perspectives.

    It shows clearly that the old man is hated by his neighbors.

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    How does the point of view in "The Piece of String" affect reader understanding of the story's conflict?

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    Because the story is written in the second-person point of view, readers are treated as though they are participants in the conflict.

    Because the story is written in the third-person omniscient point of view, readers grasp how characters on both sides of the conflict think and feel.

    Because the story is written in the third-person limited point of view, readers only understand the main character's view of the conflict.

    Because the story is written in the first-person point of view, readers only understand as much about the conflict as the narrator understands.

  • Question 17
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    Read the passage from "The Tell-Tale Heart":


    How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story.


    What is the connotative meaning of the word healthily?

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    not sick

    well

    sane

    eagerly

  • Question 18
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    Read the passage from "The Tell-Tale Heart".


    How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story.


    What is the connotative meaning of the word mad?

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    insane

    sick

    weak

    angry

  • Question 19
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    Which sentence implies that something may not happen?

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    If I can sing well enough, I'll join the school chorus.

    I didn't meet the requirements, so I can't apply for that scholarship.

    Why can't you go to the game tonight?

    You have a tough decision to make.

  • Question 20
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    The king in "The Lady or the Tiger" is described as being "semibarbaric."


    How is this an example of verbal irony?

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    The "lady or tiger" events keep the king from being completely barbaric since they give him a safe outlet for his barbarism.

    The king is just as barbaric as his subjects, who are entertained by the events in the arena.

    Kings have immense power, and therefore cannot be uncivilized.

    You can either be a barbarian or you can be civilized.

  • Question 21
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    Read the passage from "The Lady or the Tiger":


    ... and if innocent, he was rewarded on the spot, whether he liked it or not.


    What is ironic about this statement?

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    It's possible to dislike being rewarded for innocence.

    The prisoner always likes being rewarded because the reward is a beautiful woman.

    The definition of a reward is something that is liked and appreciated.

    The prisoners identified as innocent are actually guilty.

  • Question 22
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    Which word is a synonym of formidable?

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    able to be shaped or created

    intimidating

    weak

    dismantled

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