"From An American Childhood" By Annie Dillard

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  • 1. 
    At the beginning of teh excerpt from An American Childhood, what important thing do you learn about Annie Dillard when she talks about playing football?
    • A. 

      She thinks football is a difficult game.

    • B. 

      She has never fooled the other team.

    • C. 

      She values concentration and courage.

    • D. 

      She realizes how hard it is to get hurt.


  • 2. 
    Why are the children throwing snowballs at cars?
    • A. 

      They are already boared with winter.

    • B. 

      They want the drivers to chase them.

    • C. 

      The cars are getting in the way of their street game.

    • D. 

      The cars are moving slowly and make good targets.


  • 3. 
    Use context clues in the following passage coose the correct meaning of the underlined word. He chased us silently over picket fences, through thorny hedges, between houses, around garbage cans, and across streets.  Every time I glanced back, choking for breath, I expected he would have quit.
    • A. 

      Fell

    • B. 

      Looked quickly

    • C. 

      Gasped loudly

    • D. 

      Shoved


  • 4. 
    Use context clues to choose the correct meaning of the underlined word. Mikey and I had nowhere to go, in our own neighborhood or out of it, but away from this man who was chasing us.  He impelled us forward.
    • A. 

      Caught

    • B. 

      Pushed

    • C. 

      Helped

    • D. 

      Called


  • 5. 
    After the man catches Dillard and Mikey, Dillard says: He had released our jackets;...he knew we weren't going anywhere.  We all played by the rules. What does she mean?
    • A. 

      The children will have to unzip thier jackets so they do not catch cold.

    • B. 

      The children will have to help the man find his way back to his car.

    • C. 

      The children will not try to run away once they have been fairly caught.

    • D. 

      The children will wait for the man to catch his breath so he can scold them.


  • 6. 
    Why does the man chase the children?
    • A. 

      To have some fun.

    • B. 

      To get some exercise

    • C. 

      To get their names and call the police

    • D. 

      To teach them a lesson


  • 7. 
    Dillard writes from the first-person point of view.  Which of the following statements is always true of a first person narrative?
    • A. 

      It is about a childhood memory.

    • B. 

      It is told by one of the characters.

    • C. 

      It describes characters' thoughts and actions.

    • D. 

      It includes conversations among characters.


  • 8. 
    Since this excerpt is told in first person point-of-view, what information must be left out of the story?
    • A. 

      How the man feels as he chases the two children.

    • B. 

      How Dillard feels when she plays football.

    • C. 

      How Dillard feels when she is chased by the man.

    • D. 

      How the neighborhood looks as Dillard runs through it.


  • 9. 
    Which word best describes the young Annie Dillard?
    • A. 

      Troublesome

    • B. 

      Funny

    • C. 

      Adventurous

    • D. 

      Lonely


  • 10. 
    Why does Dillard admire the driver of the Buick?
    • A. 

      He eventually outruns her and Mikey

    • B. 

      He throws himself into the chase

    • C. 

      He is braver than other drivers

    • D. 

      He scolds them after he has caught them.


  • 11. 
    What lesson does Annie Dillard share in this excerpt?
    • A. 

      The importance of telling the truth

    • B. 

      The joy of flinging oneself into life's events.

    • C. 

      The danger of throwing snowballs at cars.

    • D. 

      The importance of not talking to strangers.


  • 12. 
    Which statement from the except explains what Dillard finds disappointing about being captured by the man?
    • A. 

      "The point was that he chase us passionately without giving up."

    • B. 

      "Now he came down to earth. I wanted the glory to last forever."

    • C. 

      "He could only have fried Mikey Fahey and me in boiling oil, say."

    • D. 

      "We could have run through every backyard...until we got to Panama."


  • 13. 
    Why does the author describe the path of teh chase in such detail?
    • A. 

      To show what a good memory she has.

    • B. 

      To show the adults can run as fast as children

    • C. 

      To show that the man does not know the neighborhood well.

    • D. 

      To show how determined the man is to catch the children.


  • 14. 
    In which sentence is the word strategy used correctly?
    • A. 

      When children throw snowballs at cars, they are wise to plan a strategy for escape.

    • B. 

      When traffic slows to a strategy, it is good time for children to aim thier snowballs.

    • C. 

      When the man catches the two children, he scolds them with his strategy.

    • D. 

      When Dillard looks back on her childhood, she remembers the strategy of winter.


  • 15. 
    Which sentence uses the word compelled correctly?
    • A. 

      After much practice, Dillard compelled "a boy's arm."

    • B. 

      The children compelled to throw snowballs at the cars.

    • C. 

      The snowball compelled against the Buick's windshield.

    • D. 

      The cold compelled the children to wear mittens and jackets.


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