Charles Short Story Test: 8th Grade Trivia!

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Charles Short Story Test: 8th Grade Trivia! - Quiz

This quiz is a comprehension quiz on the short story, Charles, and every 8th-grade student should take it. This story by Shirley Jackson is all about the conflict of choosing an identity and how people choose to cope in new situations. Charlie creates Laurie, who is always getting him into trouble to the point that his mother goes to school looking to see how the teacher deals with Laurel but finds out he is just a figment of Charlie’s imagination. See how well you remember the story of Charlie and his alter ego misadventures from the book.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who is the main character of the story?
    • A. 

      Laurie

    • B. 

      Larry

    • C. 

      Charles

    • D. 

      Charlie

  • 2. 
    Who is the author of the story "Charles"?
    • A. 

      Shirley Jackson

    • B. 

      Shirley James

    • C. 

      Shirley Jacksonville

    • D. 

      Shirley Jefferson

  • 3. 
    What grade was Laurie starting in the story?
    • A. 

      Kindergarten

    • B. 

      1st Grade

    • C. 

      Preschool

    • D. 

      2nd Grade

  • 4. 
    Whose point of view is the story told by?
    • A. 

      Laurie's mom

    • B. 

      Laurie's dad

    • C. 

      Laurie's teacher

    • D. 

      Laurie

  • 5. 
    What does the word renounce mean in the following excerpt from Charles? The day my son Laurie started kindergarten he renounced corduroy overalls with bibs and began wearing blue jeans with a belt...
    • A. 

      Gave up

    • B. 

      Continued to do

    • C. 

      Embraced

    • D. 

      Hated

  • 6. 
    What did Charles do on the third day of school to get in trouble?
    • A. 

      He bounced a see-saw off a little girl's head.

    • B. 

      He threw a crayon at his teacher.

    • C. 

      He told a girl to say a bad word.

    • D. 

      He said a bad word to his teacher.

  • 7. 
    Why did it seem like Charles was changing for the better?
    • A. 

      He was helping his teacher out in the classroom.

    • B. 

      He was being nice to his fellow classmates.

    • C. 

      He was being well behaved in the classroom while his teacher taught a lesson.

    • D. 

      He began working quietly and not disrupting the class.

  • 8. 
    What part of the story would you say in the "climax"?
    • A. 

      Laurie's mom attending the PTA meeting.

    • B. 

      Laurie's first day of kindergarten.

    • C. 

      Laurie's bad behavior at school.

    • D. 

      Laurie's mom questioning him about Charles.

  • 9. 
    What type of person was Laurie's mom looking for when searching for Charles' mother?
    • A. 

      A haggard looking woman.

    • B. 

      A well-dressed woman.

    • C. 

      A very loud and obnoxious woman.

    • D. 

      A quiet and reserved woman.

  • 10. 
    What does Laurie's mom discover at the end of the story?
    • A. 

      That there is no Charles.

    • B. 

      That Laurie is Charles.

    • C. 

      That it was all a dream.

    • D. 

      That Charles was the teacher's son.

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