American Literature And Composition! Trivia Questions Test

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Below is a trivia questions quiz on American literature and composition. There is much that people do not know when it comes to literature by American authors, but if you consider yourself well-read on some of the famous books of all time from these authors, you are in luck as this quiz will offer you the chance to test out your skills. Try it!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Read carefully for questions 1 and 2.

  • 2. 

    Read carefully for questions 3-5.

  • 3. 

    The next section does not contain passages and instead contains grammar and composition questions.

  • 4. 

    What does the last line of the excerpt reveal about the narrator’s point of view?

    • A.

      He is suggesting that his point of view is unimportant.

    • B.

      He is adopting a point of view similar to the one he has criticized.

    • C.

      He is providing an example of why other characters mock his point of view

    • D.

      He is highlighting how his point of view is different from other characters’

    Correct Answer
    B. He is adopting a point of view similar to the one he has criticized.
    Explanation
    The last line of the excerpt reveals that the narrator is adopting a point of view similar to the one he has criticized. This suggests that the narrator is being hypocritical, as he is doing the same thing that he has condemned others for doing.

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  • 5. 

    How does the book the narrator is reading initially make him feel? Pick two.

    • A.

      Content

    • B.

      Doubtful

    • C.

      Frightened

    • D.

      Thankful

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Frightened
    D. Thankful
    Explanation
    The book the narrator is reading initially makes him feel frightened because it likely contains scary or suspenseful content. However, as the narrator continues reading, the book also makes him feel thankful, possibly because it provides valuable information or insights that he appreciates.

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  • 6. 

    “It is a hole in the wall,” said the cat. “You look in it, and there you see the picture, and it is so dainty and charming and ethereal and inspiring in its unimaginable beauty that your head turns round and round, and you almost swoon with ecstasy.” The donkey had not said anything as yet; he now began to throw doubts. He said there had never been anything as beautiful as this before, and probably wasn’t now. He said that when it took a whole basketful of sesquipedalian adjectives to whoop up a thing of beauty, it was time for suspicion. What is the MOST LIKELY meaning of the underlined word?

    • A.

      Concise

    • B.

      Inapplicable

    • C.

      Long-winded

    • D.

      Well-informed

    Correct Answer
    C. Long-winded
    Explanation
    The most likely meaning of the underlined word "long-winded" is that it refers to using excessive or unnecessary words, making the description overly verbose or drawn out. The donkey is suggesting that using too many elaborate adjectives to describe the beauty of the picture raises suspicion and doubt.

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  • 7. 

    Read the dictionary entry. compound n. 1. a combination of two or more ingredients or parts 2. a substance formed by the chemical union of two or more elements 3. a word that consists either of two or more elements that are independent words 4. a building or buildings set off by an enclosed barrier Now read the sentences. In science we are learning about certain compounds that are essential to life, like water. Each water molecule is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Which definition from the dictionary entry matches the meaning of compounds as it is used in the sentences?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    The definition of "compound" that matches the meaning of "compounds" as it is used in the sentences is "a substance formed by the chemical union of two or more elements." This is because the sentences mention that water is a compound, which is formed by the chemical union of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.

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  • 8. 

    Read the sentence. Edith Wharton was an American novelist, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and typically explored such themes as the limitations of social class and societal expectations. Which revision BEST improves the syntax of the sentence?

    • A.

      As an American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner, limitations of social class and societal expectations were themes that Edith Wharton typically explored.

    • B.

      An American novelist, Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize winner, typically explored such themes as the limitations of social class and societal expectations

    • C.

      Typically exploring such themes as the limitations of social class and societal expectations, Edith Wharton was an American novelist, and she was a Pulitzer Prize winner.

    • D.

      Edith Wharton, an American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner, typically explored such themes as the limitations of social class and societal expectations.

    Correct Answer
    D. Edith Wharton, an American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner, typically explored such themes as the limitations of social class and societal expectations.
    Explanation
    The given revision is the best option because it maintains clarity and improves the syntax of the sentence. It correctly identifies Edith Wharton as an American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner, and places this information at the beginning of the sentence for emphasis. The revision also maintains the original phrasing of "typically explored such themes as the limitations of social class and societal expectations," which effectively conveys the author's focus and style.

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  • 9. 

    Which sentence uses hyphenation correctly?

    • A.

      When I was twenty-two years-old, I lived in the Czech Republic for a summer and worked as an English speaking tour guide.

    • B.

      Marcus does not usually care for peanuts unless they are chocolate-covered.

    • C.

      My brother recently purchased a state of-the-art blender that can make delicious smoothies in a matter of seconds

    • D.

      Mr. Donovan’s lease is up in mid-September, at which point he will move to a different city.

    Correct Answer
    D. Mr. Donovan’s lease is up in mid-September, at which point he will move to a different city.
  • 10. 

    Pick the best answer from the choices shown.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      B

    • C.

      C

    • D.

      D

    Correct Answer
    A. A
  • 11. 

    Which character in the passage MOST strongly represents the theme of the inevitability of modernization?

    • A.

      Claude

    • B.

      Ralph

    • C.

      Mahailey

    • D.

      Mrs. Wheeler

    Correct Answer
    B. Ralph
    Explanation
    Ralph most strongly represents the theme of the inevitability of modernization because throughout the passage, he is depicted as someone who embraces and embraces the changes brought about by modernization. He is described as being excited about new technologies and constantly seeking ways to adapt and improve. This aligns with the theme of modernization, which emphasizes the unstoppable progress and advancement of society.

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  • 12. 

    Did you answer all questions to the best of your ability? The decision to not answer questions with the best of your ability can cause damage to the validity of the research study. Please check over all answers again and confirm your selections.  

    • A.

      Yes I have and I wish to continue.

    • B.

      No, I will check again and answer to the best of my ability.

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes I have and I wish to continue.
    Explanation
    The given answer is the correct one because it confirms that the respondent has answered all the questions to the best of their ability and wishes to continue with the research study. This ensures that the data collected from the respondent is valid and reliable, as it reflects their genuine effort and understanding.

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  • 13. 

    Writing Style

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      B

    • C.

      C

    • D.

      D

    Correct Answer
    A. A

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