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  • 1. 

    What is the conflict in a story called?

    • A.

      Exposition

    • B.

      Resolution

    • C.

      Climax

    Correct Answer
    C. Climax
    Explanation
    The conflict in a story is the main problem or struggle that the characters face. It is the central point of tension and the driving force behind the plot. The climax, on the other hand, is the point of highest intensity or turning point in the story where the conflict reaches its peak. It is the moment when the outcome of the conflict is determined. Therefore, the conflict in a story is not called the climax, but rather the climax is the culmination of the conflict.

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  • 2. 

    Where and when the story takes place is called what?

    • A.

      Exposition

    • B.

      Setting

    • C.

      Scene

    Correct Answer
    B. Setting
    Explanation
    The term "setting" refers to the time and place in which a story takes place. It includes the physical location, the time period, and the cultural and social environment. Understanding the setting is crucial for comprehending the story and the characters' actions and motivations within it.

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  • 3. 

    The sequence of events, or what happens in a story is the?

    • A.

      Plot

    • B.

      Rising Action

    • C.

      Falling Action

    Correct Answer
    A. Plot
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Plot" because the plot refers to the sequence of events or what happens in a story. It includes the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The plot is the backbone of a story and helps to drive the narrative forward. It encompasses the various events and conflicts that occur, leading to the resolution of the story.

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  • 4. 

    Using information to arrive at a conclusion when the answer is not said directly is?

    • A.

      A guess

    • B.

      An inference

    • C.

      An approximation

    Correct Answer
    B. An inference
    Explanation
    An inference is the act of using information or evidence to come to a conclusion or make a guess when the answer is not explicitly stated. It involves making logical connections and drawing conclusions based on the available information. In this case, the correct answer is "An inference" because it accurately describes the process of arriving at a conclusion without direct confirmation.

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  • 5. 

    When one thing is said to be another it is a?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Inference

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is said to be another, without using the words "like" or "as". It is a comparison that suggests a resemblance or similarity between two things that are not actually the same. In this case, when one thing is said to be another, it implies the use of metaphorical language.

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  • 6. 

    The problem that must be solved or resolved is the?  

    • A.

      The Crisis

    • B.

      The Conflict

    • C.

      The Resolution

    Correct Answer
    B. The Conflict
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Conflict". The question is asking about the problem that needs to be solved or resolved. In a story or narrative, the conflict is the central problem or struggle that the characters face. It is the main source of tension and drives the plot forward. Therefore, the conflict is the problem that must be solved or resolved in order to reach a resolution or conclusion in the story.

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  • 7. 

    What is going on in the life of the protagonist when we first meet him or her is?  

    • A.

      The Exposition

    • B.

      The Plot

    • C.

      The Setting

    Correct Answer
    A. The Exposition
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Exposition." The exposition refers to the beginning of a story where the main character is introduced, and important background information is provided. It is the initial stage where the audience learns about the protagonist's current situation, their personality, and the world they inhabit.

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  • 8. 

    The person, force, or thing that works against the main character (or Protagonist) is the?

    • A.

      Antagonist

    • B.

      Determinist

    • C.

      Resolutionist

    Correct Answer
    A. Antagonist
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Antagonist." In a story, the antagonist is the person, force, or thing that works against the main character or protagonist. They create conflict and obstacles for the protagonist to overcome, driving the plot forward. The antagonist's actions and motivations often oppose those of the protagonist, creating tension and drama in the story.

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  • 9. 

    The highest point of action in a play, when the main characters reveal their true selves?

    • A.

      Denouement

    • B.

      Climax

    • C.

      Conflict

    Correct Answer
    B. Climax
    Explanation
    The climax is the highest point of action in a play where the main characters reveal their true selves. It is the moment of greatest tension and conflict, where the plot reaches its peak and the outcome of the story becomes clear. This is the moment that often determines the resolution of the conflict and leads to the denouement, the final resolution of the play.

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  • 10. 

    Similes and metaphors are both comparisons.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Similes and metaphors are both figures of speech that are used to make comparisons. A simile compares two things using "like" or "as," while a metaphor directly states that one thing is another. Both similes and metaphors are used to add depth and imagery to writing and help the reader understand and visualize the subject being described. Therefore, the statement that similes and metaphors are both comparisons is true.

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  • 11. 

    Similes are the stronger of the two comparisons.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false. Similes and metaphors are both types of comparisons, but they serve different purposes and have different effects. Similes use "like" or "as" to compare two things, while metaphors directly state that one thing is another. Neither is inherently stronger than the other; it depends on the context and the effect the writer or speaker wants to achieve.

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  • 12. 

    When the story reaches its resolution that the true character of the protagonist is seen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the true character of the protagonist is only seen when the story reaches its resolution. However, this is not necessarily true. The true character of the protagonist can be revealed throughout the story, through their actions, choices, and interactions with other characters. The resolution may provide a final confirmation or reveal additional aspects of the character, but it is not the only point at which their true character is seen.

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  • 13. 

    The antagonist in a story must always be another person. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer, which is False, is that the antagonist in a story does not always have to be another person. An antagonist can also be a force of nature, an internal conflict within the protagonist, or any other obstacle that the protagonist must overcome. It is not limited to being a person.

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  • 14. 

    Drama is literature that is meant to be acted. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Drama is a form of literature that is specifically written to be performed on stage. Unlike other types of literature, such as novels or poems, drama is intended to be acted out by actors in front of an audience. This means that the words and actions of the characters are essential to understanding and experiencing the story. Therefore, it can be concluded that drama is literature that is meant to be acted.

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  • 15. 

    A play is a literary work meant to be acted on a stage.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A play is a form of literature that is specifically written to be performed on a stage. It involves dialogue, actions, and interactions between characters, and is meant to be experienced by an audience through live performances. Plays often incorporate elements such as set design, costumes, and lighting to enhance the storytelling. Therefore, the statement that a play is a literary work meant to be acted on a stage is true.

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  • 16. 

    Acts and scenes are how plays are divided up, much like chapters and lines in a novel or book.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Acts and scenes are indeed how plays are divided up, similar to chapters and lines in a novel or book. Acts are major divisions within a play, often marking changes in location or time, while scenes are smaller divisions within acts, usually indicating shifts in characters or events. This division helps to structure the play and make it easier for the audience to follow the storyline. Therefore, the statement "Acts and scenes are how plays are divided up, much like chapters and lines in a novel or book" is true.

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  • 17. 

    The conflict in “Hum It Again Jeremy” is external.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The conflict in "Hum It Again Jeremy" is external because it involves a clash between the protagonist and an external force or entity. This can be seen in the story as Jeremy, the protagonist, faces obstacles and challenges from outside sources, such as other characters or circumstances. The conflict is not internal, which would involve a struggle within Jeremy's own mind or emotions. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 18. 

    An example of internal conflict is when Seth Dawson’s faced is smashed against the windshield of the Camaro in “On the Bridge.”   

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that an example of internal conflict is when Seth Dawson's face is smashed against the windshield of the Camaro in "On the Bridge." However, this is not an accurate example of internal conflict. Internal conflict refers to a struggle that takes place within a character's mind or emotions, such as a moral dilemma or a decision between two conflicting desires. The example provided in the statement is actually an example of external conflict, as it involves a physical altercation between Seth Dawson and the windshield of the Camaro.

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  • 19. 

    The theme and the plot of a literary work are basically the same thing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The theme and the plot of a literary work are not the same thing. The plot refers to the sequence of events that occur in the story, while the theme refers to the underlying message or central idea that the author is trying to convey. The plot is the framework of the story, while the theme is the deeper meaning or purpose behind the events. Therefore, the theme and the plot are distinct elements in a literary work.

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  • 20. 

    Events that occur after the climax are part of the.  

    • A.

      Falling Action

    • B.

      Rising Action

    • C.

      Fading Action

    Correct Answer
    A. Falling Action
    Explanation
    The events that occur after the climax are part of the falling action. The falling action is the part of the story where the tension and conflict begin to decrease and the story moves towards its resolution. It is the aftermath of the climax where loose ends are tied up and the story starts to wind down. This is when the consequences of the climax are revealed and the characters start to deal with the aftermath of the major events that occurred.

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  • 21. 

    The point in the story occurring near the end when the problem has been solved.

    • A.

      The ending

    • B.

      The Exposition

    • C.

      The Denouement

    Correct Answer
    C. The Denouement
    Explanation
    The denouement refers to the point in the story occurring near the end when the problem has been solved. It is the resolution or final outcome of the plot, where loose ends are tied up and the story comes to a close. This is different from the exposition, which introduces the characters and setting, and the ending, which simply refers to the conclusion of the story.

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  • 22. 

    What terms mean the same thing?

    • A.

      Solution/resolution

    • B.

      Resolution/denouement

    • C.

      Exposition/resolution

    Correct Answer
    B. Resolution/denouement
    Explanation
    The terms "resolution" and "denouement" both refer to the final part of a story or plot where the conflicts are resolved and the outcome is revealed. They both signify the point in the story where loose ends are tied up and the conclusion is reached. Therefore, they mean the same thing in terms of storytelling.

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  • 23. 

    A comparison between two different things using like or as.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Inference

    • C.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    C. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things using the words "like" or "as". It is a direct comparison that helps to create vivid imagery and enhance the reader's understanding. Unlike a metaphor, which states that one thing is another, a simile makes a clear distinction between the two things being compared. In this case, the correct answer is "Simile" because it accurately describes the given definition.

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  • 24. 

    The message or moral of a literary work.

    • A.

      Plot

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Idea

    Correct Answer
    B. Theme
    Explanation
    Theme refers to the underlying message or moral of a literary work. It is the central idea or concept that the author conveys through the story. While plot refers to the sequence of events and idea refers to a general concept, theme focuses on the deeper meaning and universal truth that the author wants to communicate to the readers. It is the main takeaway or lesson that the readers can derive from the story.

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  • 25. 

    Plot sequences or events that lead to the climax are considered to be?

    • A.

      Rising Action

    • B.

      Falling Action

    • C.

      Resolution

    Correct Answer
    A. Rising Action
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Rising Action. In a plot, the rising action refers to the series of events or sequences that build up the tension and suspense leading to the climax of the story. It is during this phase that the conflict is introduced, the characters are developed, and the story begins to unfold. The rising action is crucial in creating anticipation and keeping the reader engaged, as it sets the stage for the climax and eventual resolution of the plot.

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  • 26. 

    "Eric is a beast on the football field."  The preceding sentence contains a?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Inference

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The sentence "Eric is a beast on the football field" is an example of a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things by stating that one thing is another. In this case, Eric is being compared to a beast, suggesting that he is strong, powerful, and dominant on the football field.

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  • 27. 

    From what he says and does in “Hum It Again, Jeremy,” we can infer that Jeremy Botkin is depressed.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Based on the information provided in the statement "From what he says and does in 'Hum It Again, Jeremy,' we can infer that Jeremy Botkin is depressed," we can conclude that Jeremy Botkin exhibits behaviors and expresses thoughts that are indicative of depression.

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  • 28. 

    My life is just air balls. Nothing I do goes in.”   The preceding sentence contains a?  

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Inference

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The sentence "My life is just air balls. Nothing I do goes in" is a metaphor because it is comparing someone's life to air balls, emphasizing the idea that nothing they do is successful or goes as planned. The use of "is" indicates a comparison, making it a metaphor rather than a simile.

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  • 29. 

    “His heart began to beat like a machine gun.”  The preceding sentence contains a?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Inference

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The sentence "His heart began to beat like a machine gun" is an example of a simile because it uses the word "like" to compare the beating of the heart to the rapid firing of a machine gun. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using "like" or "as". In this case, it is comparing the rhythm or speed of the heart's beating to the rapid and intense firing of a machine gun.

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  • 30. 

     Mr. Jones once brought down a charging Rhino with a ballpoint pen and a stick of gum.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False

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