A Lesson Before Dying Chapters 1-4 Quiz

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  • 1. 
    Describe Vivian's appearance and personality.

  • 2. 
    Describe Vivien's current life situation and how does that impact her relationship with Grant?

  • 3. 
    Describe how does Grant feel about the responsibility of having to go and deal with Jefferson?

  • 4. 
    What does Grant's attitude about where he lives and the situation of dealing with Jefferson tell you about what kind of person Grant is and areas in his life that he needs to improve?

  • 5. 
    “There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for coloreds.  There was a white movie theater uptown; a colored movie theater back of town.  There were two elementary schools uptown, one Catholic, one public, for whites; and the same back of town for colored.  Bayonne’s major industries were a cement plant, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, mostly for hogs.” Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting and EXPLAIN your answer.

  • 6. 
    What is symbolic about the fact that Grant has to enter through the back door at Henri Pichots house?

  • 7. 
    Where does the action in chapter 1 take place?
    • A. 

      Taunte Lou's home

    • B. 

      In jail

    • C. 

      At Henri Pichot's home

    • D. 

      In the courtroom

    • E. 

      None of these above


  • 8. 
    Who is charged with murder?
    • A. 

      Grant

    • B. 

      Brother

    • C. 

      Bear

    • D. 

      Jefferson

    • E. 

      Herni Pichot


  • 9. 
    Who was Alcee Grope?
    • A. 

      A black liquor store owner

    • B. 

      A white bartender

    • C. 

      A black bartender

    • D. 

      A white store owner

    • E. 

      A hispanic grocer


  • 10. 
    Why did Brother and Bear want to go to the store?
    • A. 

      To say hello to Mr. Grope

    • B. 

      To buy alcohol

    • C. 

      To get credit on alcohol

    • D. 

      To buy food

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 11. 
    What "problem" do Brother and Bear have that influences their behavior?
    • A. 

      They are drunk

    • B. 

      They are broke

    • C. 

      They are angry

    • D. 

      They don't like Mr. Grope


  • 12. 
    What is Jefferson's godmother compared to?
    • A. 

      A tree and a stone

    • B. 

      A book and a tree

    • C. 

      A book and a stone

    • D. 

      A strong mother

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 13. 
    Where is Jefferson going when he met Brother and Bear?
    • A. 

      To the Rabbit Bar and Lounge

    • B. 

      To the Bunny Bar and Lounge

    • C. 

      To the Alice Bar and Lounge

    • D. 

      Home after leaving the bar

    • E. 

      To the store for his godmother


  • 14. 
    Why wasn't Grant at the trial?
    • A. 

      Because he was busy

    • B. 

      Because he already knew the outcome

    • C. 

      Because he had not been told about it

    • D. 

      He was teaching school

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 15. 
    Infer the meaning of this quote, " I was not there, yet I was there."
    • A. 

      He was there in spirit

    • B. 

      He did not have to be there to know what was happening

    • C. 

      He felt like he was there even though he was not

    • D. 

      He really wanted to be there

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 16. 
    What physical details about the two women is put forward?
    • A. 

      Height

    • B. 

      Race

    • C. 

      Weight

    • D. 

      Age

    • E. 

      Both C and D


  • 17. 
    How many people die during the robbery?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      0


  • 18. 
    Did Brother and Bear intend to rob Mr. Grope from the beginning?
    • A. 

      Yes, because they wanted to get alcohol and knew they did not have the money

    • B. 

      No, they wanted Jefferson to help them pay for the alcohol

    • C. 

      Yes, they had a gun so they could rob and kill him

    • D. 

      No, they planned to pay him for the alcohol later

    • E. 

      No, the gun accidentally went off


  • 19. 
    What animal was used to describe Jefferson?
    • A. 

      A dog

    • B. 

      A hog

    • C. 

      A cow

    • D. 

      A monkey

    • E. 

      An ape


  • 20. 
    Henri Pichot thinks that Grant is visiting him to ask for what?
    • A. 

      To put money on Jefferson's books

    • B. 

      To try to preach to Jefferson

    • C. 

      To bring supplies to Jefferson

    • D. 

      To try to change the ruling of the court

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 21. 
    Taunte Lou wants Grant to visit Jefferson to do what?
    • A. 

      To teach him so he can die like a man

    • B. 

      Prepare Jefferson to meet his death like a hog

    • C. 

      Help him forget his past

    • D. 

      To help Jefferson create an appeal

    • E. 

      To find out the true events on the day of the murder


  • 22. 
    Henri Pichot is important because
    • A. 

      He is the sheriff

    • B. 

      He is the mayor

    • C. 

      He is the judge

    • D. 

      He is related to the sheriff

    • E. 

      He is Grant's boss


  • 23. 
    What is Grant's girlfriend's name?
    • A. 

      Thelma

    • B. 

      Joanne

    • C. 

      Vivian

    • D. 

      Johanna

    • E. 

      Emma


  • 24. 
    Why does Grant want to leave the area and go to a new place?
    • A. 

      To marry Vivian

    • B. 

      To get away from his aunt

    • C. 

      To feel alive

    • D. 

      To quit his teaching job

    • E. 

      All of the above


  • 25. 
    Vivian is not willing to move with Grant because
    • A. 

      She is married

    • B. 

      She has kids

    • C. 

      She is committed to her teaching

    • D. 

      She loves Grant

    • E. 

      All of the above


  • 26. 
    The following quote is an example of which of the following literary devises:   “…his godmother became as immobile as a great stone…”
    • A. 

      Hyperbole

    • B. 

      Imagery

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Simile

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 27. 
    "I ask you, I implore you, look carefully-do you see a man sitting here?  Look at the shape of this skill, this face as flat as the palm of my hand-look deeply into those eyes.  Do you see a modicum of intelligence?  Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?  Write Historical or Social/Cultural in the answer box.

  • 28. 
    “He would pass sentence on Monday.  Ten o’clock Monday,  Miss Emma and my aunt sat in the same seats they had occupied on Friday”   Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

  • 29. 
    "When I came home from school that afternoon, I saw my aunt and Miss Emma sitting at the table in the kitchen."Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

  • 30. 
    “I shook my head.  ‘I have no idea.’  He stared at me, and I realized that I had not answered him in the proper manner. ‘Sir,’ I added.”   Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

  • 31. 
    “There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for coloreds.  There was a white movie theater uptown; a colored movie theater back of town.  There were two elementary schools uptown, one Catholic, one public, for whites; and the same back of town for colored.  Bayonne’s major industries were a cement plant, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, mostly for hogs.” Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

  • 32. 
    “There were probably a dozen people in the place, half of them at the bar, the rest of them sitting at tables with white tablecloths.  I spoke to Joe Claiborne and went though a side door into the café to use the telephone.  The bales in the café had checkered red and white table clothes.  Thelma Claiborne was behind the counter.  Thelma ran the café and her husband, Joe, ran the bar." Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

  • 33. 
    Character:  Society and the environment Quotes:“There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for coloreds.  There was a white movie theater uptown; a colored movie theater back of town.  There were two elementary schools uptown, one Catholic, one public, for whites; and the same back of town for colored.  Bayonne’s major industries were a cement plant, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, mostly for hogs.”   ““I ask you, I implore you, look carefully-do you see a man sitting here?  Look at the shape of this skill, this face as flat as the palm of my hand-look deeply into those eyes.  Do you see a modicum of intelligence?”   “I don’t want to spend the rest of my life teaching school in a plantation church.  I want to be with you, someplace where we could have a choice of things to do. I don’t feel alive here.  I am not living here.”Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.
    • A. 

      Protagonist

    • B. 

      Antagonist

    • C. 

      Round

    • D. 

      Flat

    • E. 

      Static

    • F. 

      Dynamic


  • 34. 
    Character:  Grant Wiggins Quotes:  "Do you want me to leave Grant?" she asked.  "You know I don't like it when you talk like that.""No, I don't want you to leave.  Please don't leave me," I told her." I need to go someplace where I can feel I'm living,"  I said.  "I dont want to spend the rest of my life teaching school in a plantation church.  I want to be with you, someplace where we could have a choice of things to do.  I don't feel alive here.  I am not living here.  I know we can do better someplace else." Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.
    • A. 

      Protagonist

    • B. 

      Antagonist

    • C. 

      Round

    • D. 

      Flat

    • E. 

      Static

    • F. 

      Dynamic


  • 35. 
    Character:  Jefferson Quotes: "She just sat there staring at the boy's clean-cropped head where he sat at the front table with his lawyer." Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.
    • A. 

      Protagonist

    • B. 

      Antagonist

    • C. 

      Round

    • D. 

      Flat

    • E. 

      Static

    • F. 

      Dynamic


  • 36. 
    Character:  Taunte Lou Quotes:  "You going with us up the quarter," my aunt said, as though I hadn't said a word.  "You going up there with us, Grant, or you don't sleep in this house." Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.
    • A. 

      Protagonist

    • B. 

      Antagonist

    • C. 

      Round

    • D. 

      Flat

    • E. 

      Static

    • F. 

      Dynamic


  • 37. 
    This quote is an example of what type of conflict?“Go back Grope told him. ‘Go back.’  Bear had been drinking and his eyes were glossy, he walked unsteadily, grinning all the time as he continued around the counter.  ‘Go back,’ Grope told him. ‘I mean, the last time now-go back.” Bear continued.  Grope moved quickly toward the cah register, where he withdrew a revolver…”
    • A. 

      Character vs. character

    • B. 

      Character vs. self

    • C. 

      Character vs. society

    • D. 

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E. 

      Character vs. nature


  • 38. 
    This quote is an example of what type of conflict? “Death by electrocution.  The governor would set the date.”
    • A. 

      Character vs. character

    • B. 

      Character vs. self

    • C. 

      Character vs. society

    • D. 

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E. 

      Character vs. nature


  • 39. 
    This quote is an example of what type of conflict?“I clamped my jaws so tight the veins in my neck felt as if they would burst.  I wanted to scream… I hated this place and all I wanted to do was get away.  I had told her I was no teacher, I hated teaching…”
    • A. 

      Character vs. character

    • B. 

      Character vs. self

    • C. 

      Character vs. society

    • D. 

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E. 

      Character vs. nature


  • 40. 
    This quote is an example of what type of conflict? “Suppose I was allowed to visit him, and suppose I reach him and made him realize that he was as much a man as any other man; then what? He is still going to die…  So what will I have accomplished?  What will I have done?”
    • A. 

      Character vs. character

    • B. 

      Character vs. society

    • C. 

      Character vs. self

    • D. 

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E. 

      Character vs. nature


  • 41. 
    The quote, "I was not there, yet I was there."  refers to which of the following?
    • A. 

      Everyone was at the trial and the news related to the trial spread fast so you did not actually have to attend the trial.

    • B. 

      The outcome of the trial was already decided because Jefferson was black and the store owner was white, and because of the racism of the time it was not necessary to be in court to know what would happen.

    • C. 

      Grant was in attendance everyday of the trial, he was movable like a stone and would be in court everyday, so that he would know what was happening.


  • 42. 
    The quote "I was too educated for Henri Pichot." tells us what information about the character of Grant?
    • A. 

      He is more educated then Henri Pichot and therefor Henri Pichot does not like or respect him because he is an educated Black man and that is a challenge to Henri Pichots sense of being better then Black people.

    • B. 

      He does not like Henri Pichot because he is not educated and does not understand what is going on with the trial of Jefferson and is not being helpful.

    • C. 

      Grant taught Henri Pichot in school and now does not like the fact that he has to go to his former student to ask for favors, when he is more educated then him.


  • 43. 
    Miss Emma wants Henri Pichot to do what?
    • A. 

      Allow Grant to visit Jefferson.

    • B. 

      Supervise the visits between Grant and Jefferson

    • C. 

      Talk to his brother in law to ask that Grant may visit Jefferson.


  • 44. 
    The following things were necessary when Grant, Taunte Lou and Miss Emma went to visit Henri Pichot.
    • A. 

      Enter through the back door, make little eye contact, speak with respect, show they were in control

    • B. 

      Wait to be spoken to, enter through the back door, wait in the kitchen, make little eye contact

    • C. 

      They had a relationship with Henri Pichot and were treated like equals.


  • 45. 
    Grant goes to Vivian looking for support in not wanting to visit Jefferson.  How does she respond?
    • A. 

      She supports whatever he wants to do

    • B. 

      She challenges to take responsibility and visit Jefferson

    • C. 

      She tells him that he needs to do what he feels is best


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