"Jeremiah's Song" Quiz On Reading Comprehension, Characterization, And Vocabulary

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"Jeremiahs Song" Quiz On Reading Comprehension, Characterization, And Vocabulary - Quiz

After we have read the short story in class, answered questions on the story, discussed the characterization found within the story, and learned/applied the vocabulary words from the story ---take this quiz on "Jeremiah's Song"


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    State in what way that Jeremiah and Macon are alike.  Use THREE DETAILS from the story to support your statement:

  • 2. 

    How is Macon's presence good for Grandpa Jeremiah?  Support your response with details (at least 2) from the story:

  • 3. 

    BONUS----if you choose to do the bonus, please write your answer on a piece of notebook paper and TURN IT INTO ME ---making sure your name is on it.  If you do not follow this direction, the bonus will not be scored!!!In at least a strong paragraph, explain how this story supports a positive message about community. Include the idea of relationships  and stories being  TREASURES.  Support your answer with details (as many as you can, but MORE THAN ONE!!) from the story.

  • 4. 

    Bonus #2     Remember to write your name on a piece of paper and answer the question/turn it into me!!!  (if you do not follow this direction, you will not receive extra credit points!)What is meant by the term IDIOM ---AND….what idiom is used in this short story?

  • 5. 

    Who is Jeremiah?

    • A.

      The protagonist

    • B.

      The antagonist

    • C.

      Macon's uncle

    • D.

      The narrator's grandfather

    Correct Answer
    D. The narrator's grandfather
    Explanation
    Jeremiah is the narrator's grandfather. This can be inferred from the question itself, which asks "Who is Jeremiah?" and provides options such as "the protagonist," "the antagonist," "Macon's uncle," and "the narrator's grandfather." Out of these options, the correct answer is "the narrator's grandfather."

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  • 6. 

    The author uses the precise description "You couldn't do nothin' that was gonna please her" to explain Ellie's

    • A.

      Attitude after returning from college

    • B.

      Lack of affection for Macon

    • C.

      Anger at Jeremiah's illness

    • D.

      Opinion of Dr. Crawford

    Correct Answer
    A. Attitude after returning from college
    Explanation
    The precise description "You couldn't do nothin' that was gonna please her" suggests that Ellie has a negative or unpleasable attitude after returning from college. This implies that Ellie is not easily satisfied or pleased, indicating a lack of affection for Macon or anyone else. The use of the phrase "couldn't do nothin'" emphasizes the extent of Ellie's unpleasable nature, further reinforcing the idea that her attitude has changed negatively after her time at college.

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  • 7. 

    The narrator wants to listen to Jeremiah's stories only early in the day because the narrator is afraid of...

    • A.

      Tiring his granddad

    • B.

      Making Ellie angry

    • C.

      Hearing scary stories

    • D.

      Missing his bedtime

    Correct Answer
    C. Hearing scary stories
    Explanation
    The correct answer is hearing scary stories. The narrator wants to listen to Jeremiah's stories only early in the day because he is afraid of hearing scary stories. This suggests that the narrator might not be comfortable listening to scary stories, and prefers to hear them during daylight hours rather than before bedtime.

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  • 8. 

    The narrator knows that Ellie has changed after coming home from college because she....

    • A.

      Puts different lotion on before bed

    • B.

      Refuses to listen to Jeremiah's stories

    • C.

      Talks to Dr. Crawford about Jeremiah

    • D.

      Takes charge of caring for Jeremiah

    Correct Answer
    B. Refuses to listen to Jeremiah's stories
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Ellie has changed after coming home from college because she now refuses to listen to Jeremiah's stories. This change in behavior indicates a shift in her attitude towards Jeremiah, possibly indicating a lack of interest or patience in hearing his stories. This change could be a result of her experiences and growth in college, leading to a shift in her priorities and interests.

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  • 9. 

    What does Ellie's attitude towards Dr. Crawford represent?

    • A.

      Education and new ways

    • B.

      The importance of religion

    • C.

      The forces against blues music

    • D.

      Traditional methods of health care

    Correct Answer
    A. Education and new ways
    Explanation
    Ellie's attitude towards Dr. Crawford represents education and new ways because she is open-minded and willing to embrace new ideas and approaches. This is evident in her positive response to Dr. Crawford's teachings and her willingness to learn from him. Ellie's attitude reflects a desire for knowledge and a recognition of the value of innovation and progress in education and healthcare.

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  • 10. 

    What does the following statement help you to understand about the narrator?  "I wasn't about to go in there and listen to no stories at night."

    • A.

      He knows that he must listen to Ellie's orders

    • B.

      He is afraid of bedtime and of the dark

    • C.

      He is just a child and afraid of scary stories

    • D.

      He knows that Jeremiah needs more sleep than he is getting when he tells long stories

    Correct Answer
    C. He is just a child and afraid of scary stories
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that the narrator is afraid of scary stories and does not want to listen to them at night. This implies that he is just a child and has a fear of bedtime and the dark.

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  • 11. 

    Jeremiah explains that his songs are meant to....

    • A.

      Become part of the Delta blues

    • B.

      Help people find meaning and help

    • C.

      Scare little children at bedtime

    • D.

      Be good medicine for him

    Correct Answer
    B. Help people find meaning and help
    Explanation
    Jeremiah explains that his songs are meant to help people find meaning and help. This suggests that his songs are intended to provide comfort, guidance, and inspiration to listeners. They may contain lyrics that resonate with individuals, offering them a sense of purpose or understanding. Additionally, the songs may address common struggles and offer solutions or support, serving as a source of help for those in need. Overall, Jeremiah's goal is to create music that has a positive impact on people's lives by providing them with meaning and assistance.

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  • 12. 

    When Macon hears how sick Grandpa Jeremiah is, Macon

    • A.

      Begins to play the blues

    • B.

      Cries out on the porch

    • C.

      Has an argument with Ellie

    • D.

      Tells Granpa a story

    Correct Answer
    B. Cries out on the porch
    Explanation
    When Macon hears about Grandpa Jeremiah's illness, he expresses his distress by crying out on the porch. This reaction suggests that Macon is deeply affected by the news and is unable to contain his emotions. Crying out on the porch could be a way for Macon to release his feelings and seek solace in the open air. It also indicates that Macon may be feeling overwhelmed and in need of support during this difficult time.

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  • 13. 

    What does Macon do while he listens to Grandpa tell stories?

    • A.

      Plays the blues

    • B.

      Sits still and listens

    • C.

      Plays church music

    • D.

      Fingers his guitar

    Correct Answer
    D. Fingers his guitar
    Explanation
    Macon engages in the activity of fingering his guitar while he listens to Grandpa tell stories. This suggests that Macon is not only an attentive listener but also a skilled musician who enjoys playing his guitar. Fingering the guitar allows him to stay engaged and perhaps even contribute to the storytelling atmosphere by adding musical elements to the tales being shared.

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  • 14. 

    You know that Ellie is beginning to like Macon when she

    • A.

      Asks him to help with the chores

    • B.

      Comes home for the summer

    • C.

      Serves him a plate of pork chops

    • D.

      Stands against the rail and cries

    Correct Answer
    C. Serves him a plate of pork chops
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Ellie serving Macon a plate of pork chops is an indication that she is beginning to like him. This action could be seen as a gesture of care and affection, as she is taking the time and effort to prepare a meal for him. It could also imply a level of comfort and familiarity, as she is willing to serve him food in her own home. Overall, this action suggests that Ellie is showing signs of developing feelings for Macon.

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  • 15. 

    A STROKE is a...

    • A.

      Serious illness brought on by a lack of vitamins

    • B.

      State of being unable to move from one's bed

    • C.

      Heart attack caused by high blood pressure

    • D.

      Sudden loss of blood flow to the brain

    Correct Answer
    D. Sudden loss of blood flow to the brain
    Explanation
    A stroke is a sudden loss of blood flow to the brain. This occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked or bursts. As a result, the brain cells do not receive the necessary oxygen and nutrients, leading to their damage or death. Strokes can cause a range of symptoms, including difficulty speaking, paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, and loss of coordination. It is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention.

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  • 16. 

    A DIAGNOSIS is the identification of

    • A.

      A disease during an examination

    • B.

      A treatment during a hospital stay

    • C.

      An amazing cure for a disease

    • D.

      A method for avoiding sickness

    Correct Answer
    A. A disease during an examination
    Explanation
    A diagnosis refers to the identification of a disease during an examination. It involves the process of identifying and determining the nature and cause of a disease or medical condition by analyzing the symptoms, medical history, and conducting various tests and examinations. It is an essential step in providing appropriate medical treatment and care to the patient.

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  • 17. 

    What does the word SETBACK mean?

    • A.

      A prediction of a retreat

    • B.

      A change from better to worse

    • C.

      A position or place in the rear

    • D.

      A return to earlier times

    Correct Answer
    B. A change from better to worse
    Explanation
    The word "setback" refers to a change from a better or more favorable situation to a worse or less favorable one. It implies a regression or a decline in progress or success.

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  • 18. 

    A CONDITION - as used in this story - is....

    • A.

      A way of life

    • B.

      A term of office

    • C.

      Cost of living

    • D.

      State of health

    Correct Answer
    D. State of health
    Explanation
    In the context of the story, a condition refers to the state of health. This means that it relates to the physical or mental well-being of an individual. The story likely discusses or focuses on the various aspects of someone's health, such as their overall wellness, any illnesses or ailments they may have, or their ability to function and perform daily activities. Therefore, a condition in this story refers to the state of health rather than other options like a way of life, a term of office, or cost of living.

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  • 19. 

    Who is the author of "Jeremiah's Song"?

    • A.

      Jeremiah Goforth

    • B.

      Walter Dean Myers

    • C.

      Elizabeth (Ellie) Walker

    • D.

      Armstrong Sperry

    Correct Answer
    B. Walter Dean Myers
    Explanation
    Walter Dean Myers is the author of "Jeremiah's Song".

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  • 20. 

    In what point of view is this story told?

    • A.

      1st Person POV

    • B.

      2nd Person POV

    • C.

      3rd Person Omniscient POV

    • D.

      3rd Person Limited

    Correct Answer
    A. 1st Person POV
    Explanation
    The story is told from the perspective of a character within the story, using the pronouns "I" and "me". This allows the reader to see events and experiences through the eyes of this character, gaining insight into their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

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  • 21. 

    What kind of character is Ellie?

    • A.

      Round and Dynamic

    • B.

      Round and Static

    • C.

      Flat and Dynamic

    • D.

      Flat and Static

    Correct Answer
    A. Round and Dynamic
    Explanation
    Ellie is described as a round and dynamic character. A round character is one that is well-developed and multi-dimensional, exhibiting a range of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Ellie's character is likely complex and undergoes significant growth and change throughout the story, making her dynamic. This suggests that she is a fully fleshed out and interesting character who evolves and learns from her experiences.

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  • 22. 

    What is meant by the word CHARACTERIZATION?

    • A.

      The way an author works and writes a story

    • B.

      The way an author creates and develops a character

    • C.

      The characters in the story who make the story interesting to the reader

    • D.

      The reader and the characters make connections that help create interest

    Correct Answer
    B. The way an author creates and develops a character
    Explanation
    Characterization refers to the way an author creates and develops a character in a story. It involves the author's techniques and methods of revealing information about the character's personality, traits, motivations, and relationships with other characters. This includes the character's actions, dialogue, thoughts, and interactions with the story's events and other characters. Through characterization, authors bring their characters to life and make them relatable and believable to the readers.

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  • 23. 

    What is meant by the word DIALECT?

    • A.

      When an author seems to talk directly to the reader in a comfortable and easy sort of way.

    • B.

      Characters speak in a way that is common in and to a specific group of people

    • C.

      Being very direct and saying exactly what you think when you think it

    • D.

      Characters who speak the way they want to and how readers understand those characters

    Correct Answer
    B. Characters speak in a way that is common in and to a specific group of people
    Explanation
    Dialect refers to the way characters in a story speak, which is specific to a particular group of people. It involves the use of regional or social variations in language, such as accents, vocabulary, and grammar, that are unique to that group. This helps to create authenticity and realism in the dialogue of the characters, reflecting their cultural or social background.

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  • 24. 

    What is meant by CONVERSATIONAL VOICE in literature?

    • A.

      When an author seems to talk directly to the reader in a comfortable and easy sort of way.

    • B.

      Characters speak in a way that is common to/for a place or group of people

    • C.

      Having a conversation

    • D.

      The type voice a characters has when he or she is having a conversation with another character

    Correct Answer
    A. When an author seems to talk directly to the reader in a comfortable and easy sort of way.
    Explanation
    The term "CONVERSATIONAL VOICE" in literature refers to when an author adopts a writing style that makes it feel like they are speaking directly to the reader in a relaxed and easy manner. This style creates a sense of familiarity and comfort, as if the author is engaging in a conversation with the reader rather than simply presenting information. It helps to establish a connection and draw the reader into the narrative, making the text more engaging and relatable.

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