"A Visit To Grandmother" Test

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"A Visit To Grandmother" Test - Quiz

When Chig accompanies his father, Charles, on a visit to his home, Chig discovers a change in his father’s behavior as he steps into his mother’s house. Charles is a man that is still bitter with his family, what else can you remember about the book? Take the test and find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. He wants to go to Nashville to attend his college class reunion.
    Explanation
    In "A Visit to Grandmother," Charles gives the reason for driving south as wanting to go to Nashville to attend his college class reunion.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. His brother GL
    Explanation
    In the story "A Visit to Grandmother," Chig's father talks most about his brother GL. This can be inferred from the given options where the other family members, Aunt Rose, Mae, and Uncle Hiram, are not mentioned as much. Therefore, it can be concluded that Chig's father focuses on discussing his brother GL the most.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. He thought nobody in his family loved him.
  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. He is angry at Mama about something
    Explanation
    Based on the information provided, Chig notices that his father gets an ugly look on his face when he hugs Mama. This suggests that Charles feels anger towards Mama about something.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Charming and irresponsible
    Explanation
    GL's character in "A Visit to Grandmother" can be best described as charming and irresponsible. Throughout the story, GL is depicted as someone who is charismatic and has a way of winning people over with his charm. However, he also displays a lack of responsibility, as seen in his tendency to avoid taking responsibility for his actions and his carefree attitude towards life. This combination of charm and irresponsibility shapes GL's character in the story.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. His mother's preference for GL
    Explanation
    The story of GL and the horse represents Charles' mother's preference for GL. This implies that Charles' mother favors GL over others, possibly including Charles himself. The story serves as a metaphor for the favoritism and the unequal treatment that Charles feels from his mother.

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  • 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."

    Correct Answer
    A. "Doctor Charles Dunford cared about people."
    Explanation
    The line "Doctor Charles Dunford cared about people" is an example of direct characterization because it explicitly states a trait of the character, namely that he cares about people. This line directly tells the reader about the character's personality and values without any need for interpretation or inference.

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  • 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."

    Correct Answer
    D. "Tears now traveled down the lines in her face, but when she spoke, her voice was clear."
    Explanation
    The given answer is an example of indirect characterization because it reveals information about the character's emotions and physical appearance without explicitly stating them. The mention of tears traveling down the lines in her face suggests that she is sad or upset, while the statement that her voice was clear implies that she is composed and able to speak clearly despite her emotions. This description indirectly characterizes the character by providing insight into her emotional state and physical appearance.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. She worried less about Charles because he was smarter and more mature than GL.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She worried less about Charles because he was smarter and more mature than GL." This answer is supported by the information given in the question. Mama states that she spent more time with GL because she worried less about Charles, implying that Charles is responsible and capable enough to take care of himself. This suggests that Mama feels more at ease with Charles, as he is smarter and more mature compared to GL.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Thinking about how you might feel if you saw your own father crying
    Explanation
    The answer suggests that thinking about how you might feel if you saw your own father crying might help you infer that Chig was very upset by his father's tears. This is because it implies that witnessing a father's tears can be a powerful and emotional experience, and therefore Chig's strong reaction could be attributed to his own personal connection and emotional attachment to his father.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. To show that GL is not mature and not very smart
    Explanation
    The author compares GL to a five-year-old to imply that GL is not mature and not very smart. This comparison suggests that GL lacks the intelligence and maturity expected of someone his age. It highlights his innocence and naivety, emphasizing his limitations and possibly explaining his actions throughout the story.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. The pain of family misunderstandings can last a lifetime.
    Explanation
    The story "A Visit to Grandmother" explores the theme of family misunderstandings and the lasting pain they can cause. The protagonist, Charles, visits his father after many years of estrangement and realizes the extent of the hurt and resentment that has built up over time. Through this experience, the story suggests that unresolved conflicts within families can have long-lasting consequences and emphasizes the importance of communication, forgiveness, and understanding in maintaining healthy relationships.

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