"A Visit To Grandmother" Test

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This is a test over the short story "A Visit To Grandmother" by William Melvin Kelley.

  
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  • 1. 
    What reason does Charles give for driving south in "A Visit to Grandmother"?
    • A. 

      He needs to take Chig's brother and sister to camp.

    • B. 

      He wants to go see his brother GL and GL's wife Rose.

    • C. 

      He wants to go to Nashville to attend his college class reunion.

    • D. 

      He is taking Chig to see his old college in case he decides to go there


  • 2. 
    In "A Visit to Grandmother," Chig's father talks most about which family member?
    • A. 

      Aunt Rose

    • B. 

      His brother GL

    • C. 

      Mae

    • D. 

      Uncle Hiram


  • 3. 
    Charles says that he left home when he was fifteen because he wanted to attend school.  What was probably the real reason why Charles left home? 
    • A. 

      He thought nobody in his family loved him.

    • B. 

      He had a terrible fight with his brother Hiram

    • C. 

      Mama sent Charles away so she could spend all her time with GL

    • D. 

      He wanted to get a college degree to show he was better than GL


  • 4. 
    Chig notices that his father gets an ugly look on his face when he hugs Mama.  What can you infer about how Charles feels about Mama?
    • A. 

      He is frightened of Mama's rage

    • B. 

      He feels respect and love for Mama

    • C. 

      He is angry at Mama about something

    • D. 

      He feels ashamed of himself around Mama


  • 5. 
    What is the best way to describe GL's character in "A Visit to Grandmother"?
    • A. 

      Friendly and intelligent

    • B. 

      Lazy and stupid

    • C. 

      Sincere and pessimistic

    • D. 

      Charming and irresponsible


  • 6. 
    For Charles, what does the story of GL and the horse represent? 
    • A. 

      His mother's preference for GL

    • B. 

      GL's ignorance about horses

    • C. 

      His mother's stubborn pride

    • D. 

      GL's friendly personality


  • 7. 
    Which of the following lines from "A Visit to Grandmother" is an example of direct characterization?
    • A. 

      "Doctor Charles Dunford cared about people."

    • B. 

      "She let him go, and fell back into her chair, grabbing the arms."

    • C. 

      "When Uncle Hiram and Mae, his wife, came they sat down to eat."

    • D. 

      "They sat in silence for awhile and then heard a key in the front door."


  • 8. 
    Which of the following lines from the story is an example of indirect characterization?
    • A. 

      "The old lady had not heard him; only Chig had heard."

    • B. 

      "She smiled. She had all her teeth, but they were too perfect to be her own."

    • C. 

      "They had been met at the door by Aunt Rose, GL's wife, and ushered into the living room."

    • D. 

      "Tears now traveled down the lines in her face, but when she spoke, her voice was clear."


  • 9. 
    Why does Mama say she spent more time with GL than with Charles in "A Visit to Grandmother"?
    • A. 

      She likesd GL better because he had good hair and looked almost white.

    • B. 

      She thought Charles did not love her and did not want to spend time with her.

    • C. 

      She worried less about Charles because he was smarter and more mature than GL.

    • D. 

      She enjoyed being with GL more than being with Charles because she always had fun with him.


  • 10. 
    Which of the following might help you to infer that Chig was very upset by his father's tears?
    • A. 

      Knowing that Charles cries about many things

    • B. 

      Knowing that Chig's mother is not a nervous woman

    • C. 

      Thinking about how Mama paid more attention to GL than to Charles

    • D. 

      Thinking about how you might feel if you saw your own father crying


  • 11. 
    At the end of "A Visit to Grandmother," the author describes GL's smile as the innocent smile of a five-year-old.  Why does the author compare GL to a five-year-old?
    • A. 

      To reveal that Charles is in fact older than GL

    • B. 

      To show that GL is not mature and not very smart

    • C. 

      To make it clear that Charles is wrong to be jealous of GL

    • D. 

      To imply that GL is very attractive and does not show his age


  • 12. 
    What lesson about life can be learned from "A Visit to Grandmother"?
    • A. 

      Brothers should forgive one another's faults

    • B. 

      Grandchildren should not visit their grandparents.

    • C. 

      The pain of family misunderstandings can last a lifetime.

    • D. 

      Parents and adult children should not argue for the grandchildren's sake


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