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"From An American Childhood" By Annie Dillard

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  • 1. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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.