The Bass, The River, And Sheila Mant

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  • 1. 

    The narrator is 14 and Sheila is...

    • A.

      15

    • B.

      17

    • C.

      16

    • D.

      18

    Correct Answer
    B. 17
    Explanation
    The narrator is 14 years old and Sheila is 17 years old. This can be inferred from the information provided in the question.

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  • 2. 

    While Sheila sunbathed, the narrator tried to impress her by...

    • A.

      Talking about fishing

    • B.

      Showing off his diving ability

    • C.

      Swimming to the far side of the pond

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Showing off his diving ability
    Explanation
    The correct answer is showing off his diving ability. This is because the narrator attempted to impress Sheila while she sunbathed, and showing off his diving ability would be a way to do so. Talking about fishing or swimming to the far side of the pond are not mentioned as actions the narrator took to impress Sheila. Therefore, the correct answer is showing off his diving ability.

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  • 3. 

    On the way to Dixford, Sheila talks about all of the following EXCEPT...

    • A.

      Going to college

    • B.

      Tanning

    • C.

      Swimming

    • D.

      Her hair

    Correct Answer
    C. Swimming
    Explanation
    The passage mentions Sheila talking about going to college, tanning, and her hair, but there is no mention of swimming. Therefore, the correct answer is swimming.

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  • 4. 

    The narrator  _________________ before he picked Sheila up to go to Dixford.

    • A.

      Put his fishing rod in the canoe

    • B.

      Called Eric Caswell

    • C.

      Asked his dad to use the car

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Put his fishing rod in the canoe
    Explanation
    Before picking up Sheila to go to Dixford, the narrator put his fishing rod in the canoe.

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  • 5. 

    As Sheila and the narrator head to Dixford, Sheila admits she...

    • A.

      Likes the narrator

    • B.

      Dislikes fishing

    • C.

      Likes Corvettes

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Dislikes fishing
    Explanation
    In the given passage, it is mentioned that as Sheila and the narrator are heading to Dixford, Sheila admits something about herself. Since none of the other options are mentioned in the passage, it can be inferred that Sheila admits to disliking fishing.

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  • 6. 

    As Sheila and the narrator head to Dixford, the narrator...

    • A.

      Notices the stars are unusually bright

    • B.

      Hooks the biggest bass ever

    • C.

      Sheila calls him funny

    • D.

      Shouts "I love you Sheila Mant"

    Correct Answer
    B. Hooks the biggest bass ever
    Explanation
    The given correct answer suggests that the narrator manages to catch the biggest bass ever while heading to Dixford with Sheila. This implies that the narrator is skilled at fishing and is able to achieve a remarkable feat during their journey.

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  • 7. 

    The conflict of this story occurs when ____________________.

    • A.

      The narrator must decide to take the canoe or the Corvette to Dixford

    • B.

      Hooks the bass and secretly struggles between staying with Sheila or landing the fish

    • C.

      Gets in an argument with Eric Caswell and wrestles the entire Dartmouth rowing team

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Hooks the bass and secretly struggles between staying with Sheila or landing the fish
    Explanation
    The conflict of this story occurs when the narrator hooks the bass and secretly struggles between staying with Sheila or landing the fish. This conflict presents a dilemma for the narrator, as they are torn between their desire to be with Sheila and their passion for fishing. They must make a decision that will ultimately determine their priorities and values.

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  • 8. 

    The Connecticut River defines the border between ____________________.

    • A.

      Maine and New Hampshire

    • B.

      New Hampshire and Vermont

    • C.

      Vermont and New York

    • D.

      New York and Pennsylvania

    Correct Answer
    B. New Hampshire and Vermont
    Explanation
    The Connecticut River defines the border between New Hampshire and Vermont.

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  • 9. 

    The climax of the story is when the narrator chooses to _________________.

    • A.

      Leave the dance alone

    • B.

      Fight Eric

    • C.

      Cut the line and release the bass

    • D.

      Kiss Sheila

    Correct Answer
    C. Cut the line and release the bass
    Explanation
    In the story, the narrator is faced with a decision during the climax. By choosing to cut the line and release the bass, the narrator is demonstrating a moment of growth and change. This action suggests that the narrator values the well-being of the fish and prioritizes conservation over personal gain. Cutting the line and releasing the bass can also be seen as a metaphor for letting go of selfish desires and making a selfless choice. This decision marks a turning point in the story and showcases the narrator's character development.

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  • 10. 

    The falling action of this story occurs when Sheila ____________________.

    • A.

      Leaves with Eric in his Corvette

    • B.

      Says that the narrator is a "funny kid"

    • C.

      Both A and B apply

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B apply
    Explanation
    In the falling action of the story, Sheila leaves with Eric in his Corvette, which indicates a change in the plot and suggests that the story is reaching its resolution. Additionally, Sheila's comment about the narrator being a "funny kid" also contributes to the falling action as it shows a shift in the relationship dynamics between the characters. Therefore, both options A and B apply to the falling action of the story.

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  • 11. 

    The resolution of this story is when the narrators says __________________.

    • A.

      "I gotta get me a Corvette"

    • B.

      "I like the Connecticut River more than Sheila Mant"

    • C.

      "...and I never made the same mistake again."

    • D.

      "Dancing is stupid!"

    Correct Answer
    C. "...and I never made the same mistake again."
    Explanation
    The given answer, "...and I never made the same mistake again," suggests that the resolution of the story occurs when the narrator learns from their past error and ensures they do not repeat it. This statement implies personal growth and a change in behavior, indicating that the story reaches its conclusion as the narrator reflects on their actions and makes a commitment to avoid making the same mistake in the future.

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  • 12. 

    The three "fish" in this story could be:

    • A.

      The bass, the narrator, and Sheila

    • B.

      The bass, Eric Caswell, and Sheila

    • C.

      The bass, Dixford, and Dartmouth

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. The bass, the narrator, and Sheila
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the bass, the narrator, and Sheila. The explanation for this answer is that in the story, the narrator catches a bass while fishing with Sheila. The bass is one of the "fish" mentioned in the question. Additionally, the narrator and Sheila can also be considered as metaphorical "fish" in the story, representing individuals who are involved in the events or actions described. Therefore, the three "fish" in the story could be the bass, the narrator, and Sheila.

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  • 13. 

    The conflict that applies in this story is...

    • A.

      Person vs. person (narrator vs. Eric)

    • B.

      Person vs. nature (narrator vs. bass)

    • C.

      Person vs. self (narrator vs. decision between the fish and Sheila)

    • D.

      Both B and C apply

    Correct Answer
    D. Both B and C apply
    Explanation
    Both B and C apply because the conflict in the story involves both the narrator's struggle with nature, specifically the bass that he is trying to catch, and his internal conflict as he wrestles with the decision between keeping the fish and impressing Sheila. The narrator is not only battling the forces of nature but also grappling with his own desires and values, making it a person vs. nature and person vs. self conflict.

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  • 14. 

    A fishing lure is a device attached to the end of a fishing line to attract fish. Lures in this story could be...

    • A.

      The Rapala plug

    • B.

      Sheila

    • C.

      Eric Caswell's Corvette

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above" because the question is asking about the lures mentioned in the story. The story mentions the Rapala plug, Sheila, and Eric Caswell's Corvette as examples of fishing lures. Therefore, all of these options can be considered as lures in the context of the story.

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  • 15. 

    Perhaps it was easier for the narrator to forget Sheila. It was harder for the narrator to forget the bass because he___________________.

    • A.

      Loved fishing more than anything.

    • B.

      Realized he chose something over his real and true self and feelings.

    • C.

      Both A and B apply

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B apply
    Explanation
    The narrator found it easier to forget Sheila because his love for fishing was stronger than his feelings for her. Additionally, he realized that he had prioritized his passion for fishing over his true self and emotions, making it harder for him to forget the bass. Therefore, both options A and B apply to explain why it was harder for the narrator to forget the bass.

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