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Reading Comprehension check for Kipling's "Mark of the Beast"


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the first line of the story?

    • A.

      Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

    • B.

      This is "The Mark of the Beast."

    • C.

      Your gods and my gods - do you or I know which are the stronger?

    • D.

      Only God will judge me.

    • E.

      "Look Out!" I screamed at him.

    Correct Answer
    C. Your gods and my gods - do you or I know which are the stronger?
    Explanation
    Important to know - relates to a theme

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  • 2. 

    Who/what bites Fleete on the chest?

    • A.

      Gopher

    • B.

      Leper/Silver Man

    • C.

      Witchdoctor/Priest

    • D.

      Wild Dog

    • E.

      Cat

    Correct Answer
    B. Leper/Silver Man
    Explanation
    "...the Silver Man ran in under our arms, ...caught Fleete round the body and dropped his head to Fleete's breast before we could wrench him away."

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  • 3. 

    What changes begin to happen to Fleete?

    • A.

      He can't eat vegetables anymore.

    • B.

      He becomes more and more like a wild beast.

    • C.

      He begins turning into a zombie.

    • D.

      He continuously rambles about ghosts.

    • E.

      He becomes a kleptomaniac.

    Correct Answer
    B. He becomes more and more like a wild beast.
  • 4. 

    Who gets kidnapped?

    • A.

      Dumoise

    • B.

      The Priest/Witchdoctor

    • C.

      Stickland

    • D.

      The Silver Man/Leper

    • E.

      An English doctor

    Correct Answer
    D. The Silver Man/Leper
    Explanation
    "The leper halted on the front porch for a moment and we jumped out on him...we were afraid he might escape or be fatally injured before we caught him."

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  • 5. 

    Stickland and the narrator _____________ the Silver Man to get him to help them cure Fleete?

    Correct Answer
    torture
    tortured
    burned
    burn
    Explanation
    Stickland takes red-hot gun barrels out of the fire...Leper is tied up...narrator talks of witches being burned at the stake..."This part if not to be printed." Later, "the red-hot gun barrel had fallen on the floor and was singeing the carpet. The smell was entirely real."

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  • 6. 

    What did Fleete crave after he was bitten?

    • A.

      Sleep

    • B.

      Women

    • C.

      Dirt

    • D.

      Water

    • E.

      Raw Meat

    Correct Answer
    E. Raw Meat
    Explanation
    "Here the chops came in...Fleete bolted three in a most offensive manner...When he had finished, it stuck him that he had been behaving strangely...'I don't think I've even been so hungry in my life.'"

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  • 7. 

    What type of conflict does Fleete create when he puts his cigar out on the statue of the Hindu god, Hanuman?

    • A.

      External: British soldiers vs. people of India

    • B.

      Internal: Fleete vs. self (cleanliness vs. laziness)

    • C.

      External: Fleete vs. Hanuman/Hanuman's followers

    • D.

      External: Fleete vs. the narrator

    • E.

      Internal: Narrator vs. self (hit Fleete vs. don't hit Fleete)

    Correct Answer
    C. External: Fleete vs. Hanuman/Hanuman's followers
    Explanation
    Fleete creates a problem for himself. He offends an Indian God and his followers, so he gets attacked by one of them. Fleete does not act on behalf of the entire British army; he doesn't care where he puts the cigar; he has no reason to argue with the narrator; and the narrator doesn't respond to Fleete's action by being personally offended.

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  • 8. 

    Who metaphorically becomes a "beast" by the end of the story?

    • A.

      The narrator & Stickland

    • B.

      Fleete

    • C.

      The Silver Man

    • D.

      Everyone

    • E.

      No one

    Correct Answer
    A. The narrator & Stickland
    Explanation
    Strickland and the narrator loose all morals and ethics, and even the code of the British soldier, by torturing the Leper. The narrator reports that they had "disgraced themselves as Englishmen forever..." They became like animals and attempted to save one of their own, no matter the cost to another being.

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  • 9. 

    Up to a point, the narrator tries to rationalize what is happening to Fleete. When did the narrator first accept that Fleete was acting "excessively out of order?"

    • A.

      When Fleete orders his dinner.

    • B.

      When the horses act nervous.

    • C.

      When Fleete says he wants to stay outside all night.

    • D.

      When the narrator hears the howl a wolf.

    • E.

      When Fleete tries to kill him.

    Correct Answer
    C. When Fleete says he wants to stay outside all night.
    Explanation
    The narrator reports that this is extremely unhealthy because the winter nights in India are bitterly cold and "Fleete's suggestion was that of a maniac."

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  • 10. 

    The illness that overtook Fleete lasted exactly _____ hours, according to Stickland.(type the digits, not the words)

    Correct Answer
    24
    4 and 20
    4 & 20
    Explanation
    "Exactly four-and-twenty hours!" said Stickland.

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