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"Marigolds" Short Story by Eugenia Collier
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  • Question 1
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    Who was the narrator of the story?

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    Lizabeth

    Joey

    Paul

    Eliza

  • Question 2
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    Who is John Burke?

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    Miss Lottie's brother

    Miss Lottie's son

    Miss Lottie's husband

    Miss Lottie's friend

  • Question 3
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    "Joy and rage and wild animal gladness and shame become tangled together in the multicolored skein of fourteen-going-on-fifteen as I recall that devastating moment when I was suddenly more woman than child, years ago in Miss

    Lottie’s yard."—What do you think the theme is based on the evidence provided?

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    The theme of the story is growing up.

    The theme of the story is make smart choices.

    The theme of the story is to always apologize.

    The theme of the story is childhood.

  • Question 4
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    This metaphor compares what two things?


    "I suppose that futile waiting was the sorrowful background music of our impoverished little community when I was young. "

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    Marigolds and Miss Lottie's house

    Dust and the marigolds

    Sad background music and the poor community

  • Question 5
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    What motivates the children to annoy Miss Lottie?

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    Fear and fun

    Fear and terror

    Fun and excitement

    Fun and retribution

  • Question 6
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    "I said before that we children were not consciously aware of how thick were the bars of our cage. I wonder now, though, whether we were not more aware of it than I thought. Perhaps we had some dim notion of what we were, and how little chance we had of being anything else. Otherwise, why would we have been so preoccupied with

    destruction?"


    The phrase "the bars of our cage" refers to:

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    The poverty the children live in, but don't notice due to their age.

    The fear the children have after Miss Lottie calls for John Burke.

    The punishment they receive after annoying Miss Lottie.

  • Question 7
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    In the lines "I did not join the merriment when the kids gathered again under the oak in our bare yard. Suddenly I was ashamed, and I did not like being ashamed. The child in me sulked and said it was all in fun, but the woman in me flinched at the thought of the malicious attack that I had led. The mood lasted all afternoon."


    —Identify the conflicting feelings Lizabeth is experiencing after throwing stones at the marigolds.

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    The child in her is lonely, and the woman in her feels sad for Miss Lottie.

    The woman in her feels ashamed, and the child in her is sad because it was only for fun.

  • Question 8
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    What motivates Lizabeth to wake Joey?

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    She is afraid and wanted some company.

    She heard her mother's hum, and wanted her brother it hear it too.

    She wanted him to help her destroy Miss Lottie's flowers.

    He was running late and she needed to help her mother at work.

  • Question 9
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    Identify the feelings that are causing Lizabeth to return to Miss Lottie.

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    The emotions she felt had nothing to do with her return to Miss Lottie's.

    The emotions she had that were building up over summer, confusion, bewilderment, hopelessness.

    She was angry after Miss Lottie told her parents about what she did to the marigolds.

  • Question 10
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    After destroying the flowers, what does Lizabeth's reaction to Miss Lottie reveal about her?

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    She has realized that what she has done was wrong, and childish. Miss Lottie after all is just a woman trying to make the world a bit more beautiful. This was her last act of childhood, she is now a woman.

    She has realized that what she has done was too easy, and that Miss Lottie was expecting her. She learns that she wasn't smarter than Miss Lottie, like she thought,

    She has realized that what she has done was childish.

  • Question 11
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    What do Miss Lottie's marigolds symbolize to the narrator?

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    They symbolize the sadness in the world.

    They symbolize the beauty and joy that Miss Lottie tried to bring into a world full of sorrow.

    They symbolize the beauty in every woman's life.

    They symbolize the struggles of childhood.

  • Question 12
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    What does the narrator mean when she says that she has planted marigolds?

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    She has helped people discover their coming of age.

    She has planted marigolds in her own garden.

    She has tried to put beauty in the ugly parts of the world, trying to create something beautiful out of hardship.

    She has written a story about planting marigolds in harsh conditions.

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