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" Contents Of The Dead Man 's Pocket"

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Questions for the story (Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket) by Yasser Ayman (SECO)

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  • 1. 
    At the beginning of the story, what seems to be the most important thing in Tom  Benecke’s life?  
    • A. 

      Opening the window that always sticks

    • B. 

      Going to the movies with his wife

    • C. 

      Getting paid at the end of the week

    • D. 

      Getting a promotion at work

  • 2. 
    Which of the following events happened first in “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket”?  
    • A. 

      Tom thought about what the police would find in his pockets.

    • B. 

      Tom dropped coins from his pockets to the street below.

    • C. 

      Tom watched his wife get ready to go out alone.

    • D. 

      Tom smashed his fist through the window.

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Tom does research on store displays.

    • B. 

      Clare goes to the movies alone.

    • C. 

      Tom’s paper flies out the window.

    • D. 

      Tom puts on his coat.

  • 4. 
    Which even in “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” causes Tom to panic?  
    • A. 

      His wife goes to the movies.

    • B. 

      He sees the street below him.

    • C. 

      He thinks about the contents of his pockets.

    • D. 

      He sees a man reading a newspaper across the street.

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Clare leaves.

    • B. 

      Tom looks down and panics.

    • C. 

      Tom stares through the window into his living room.

    • D. 

      Tom sees the yellow paper fly out the window a second time.

  • 6. 
    Why doesn’t Tom simply wait for his wife to come home and help him?
    • A. 

      He thinks she probably would not notice him on the ledge.

    • B. 

      She will become very angry if she comes home and finds him on the ledge.

    • C. 

      She had left early to see the second feature and would not be home for hours.

    • D. 

      He wants to get off the ledge and join her at the movies.

  • 7. 
    Why does Tom change his attitude toward life?
    • A. 

      His wife goes to the movies alone.

    • B. 

      He almost falls off the ledge and dies.

    • C. 

      He smashes his fist through the window.

    • D. 

      The paper flies out the window again.

  • 8. 
    Often, a seemingly minor detail mentioned early in a short story becomes very important later. Which of the following details later becomes important to Tom’s efforts to get back into his apartment? 
    • A. 

      The window is hard to open.

    • B. 

      It is hot in the apartment.

    • C. 

      Clare is slender and pretty.

    • D. 

      Tom puts on his jacket.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is an example of internal conflict in “contents of the Dead Man’s  Pocket”?  
    • A. 

      Tom’s efforts to open the window.

    • B. 

      Tom’s struggle to stay on the ledge.

    • C. 

      Tom’s attempts to get someone’s attention.

    • D. 

      Tom’s struggle to overcome his fear.

  • 10. 
    What does Tom decide the contents of his pockets would say about him if he were to  fall and die?
    • A. 

      His life had been wasted.

    • B. 

      He did not love his wife.

    • C. 

      He should have gotten a promotion.

    • D. 

      He was a selfish and foolish man.

  • 11. 
    In “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket,” Tom has an important realization during his  terrible experience on the ledge. What is this realization?  
    • A. 

      He will never get ahead at work.

    • B. 

      He hasn’t put enough effort into his work.

    • C. 

      He wants to spend more time with his wife.

    • D. 

      He is going to fall off the ledge and die.

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      A man and the contents of the pockets

    • B. 

      A man who does not think about his actions

    • C. 

      A man and woman who go to the movies

    • D. 

      A man whose desire for a promotion at work nearly kills him

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is an example of internal conflict in “Contents of the Dead Man’s  Pocket”?  
    • A. 

      Tom’s efforts to get a promotion at work

    • B. 

      Tom’s struggle to stay on the ledge

    • C. 

      Tom’s attempts to get someone’s attention

    • D. 

      Tom’s struggle to overcome his fear

  • 14. 
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