"Charles" By Shirley Jackson Test

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  • 1. 

    From what point of view is "Charles" told and who is the narrator?

    • A.

      First person; Laurie

    • B.

      First person; Alice

    • C.

      Third person; Laurie's mom

    • D.

      First person; Laurie's mom

    Correct Answer
    D. First person; Laurie's mom
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "first person; Laurie's mom". This means that the story is narrated from the perspective of Laurie's mom. The use of "I" or "we" in the narration indicates that the narrator is directly involved in the events of the story and provides insight into their thoughts and feelings. In this case, Laurie's mom is sharing her experiences and observations about the character named Charles.

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  • 2. 

    "Rikki Tikki Tavi" is an example of a story told in first-person point of view.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    "Rikki Tikki Tavi" is actually an example of a story told in third-person point of view. The story is narrated by an outside observer who is not a character in the story. This can be seen through the use of pronouns such as "he" and "they" to refer to the characters in the story. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following quotes uses indirect characterization?

    • A.

      John is extremely intelligent.

    • B.

      He barely has to try and John still makes the best grades.

    • C.

      John is a very athletic student.

    • D.

      Despite his lack of effort, John is a very intelligent student.

    Correct Answer
    B. He barely has to try and John still makes the best grades.
    Explanation
    The quote "He barely has to try and John still makes the best grades" uses indirect characterization because it implies that John is intelligent based on his ability to achieve top grades effortlessly. This quote does not directly state that John is intelligent, but it indirectly reveals this trait through his academic success without much effort.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following quotes uses direct characterization?

    • A.

      "And the teacher said no one play with Charles, but everybody did."

    • B.

      "My son renounced his overalls and began wearing jeans and a belt."

    • C.

      "Did that really happen?" I asked incredulously.

    • D.

      "and that Charles boy, he's a bad influence."

    Correct Answer
    D. "and that Charles boy, he's a bad influence."
    Explanation
    The quote "and that Charles boy, he's a bad influence" uses direct characterization because it directly describes Charles as a bad influence. This quote provides a clear and straightforward statement about Charles's character without any interpretation or inference needed.

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  • 5. 

    An author can indirectly characterize a character using all of the following except:

    • A.

      Speech

    • B.

      Thoughts

    • C.

      Affects

    • D.

      Looks

    Correct Answer
    C. Affects
    Explanation
    An author can indirectly characterize a character using speech, thoughts, and looks. Speech refers to the way a character talks, which can reveal their personality, background, or emotions. Thoughts provide insight into a character's inner world, revealing their desires, fears, or motivations. Looks refer to physical appearance, which can also provide clues about a character's personality or background. However, affects, which refer to the character's emotions or moods, are a direct way of revealing their inner state rather than indirectly characterizing them.

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  • 6. 

    In which of the following sentences is the word "renounced" used correctly"

    • A.

      I suppose he was renounced again.

    • B.

      He renounced corduroy overalls and began wearing blue jeans.

    • C.

      The voice suddenly became renounced as it shouted "Isn't anybody here?"

    • D.

      The boy became renounced and fresh with his father.

    Correct Answer
    B. He renounced corduroy overalls and began wearing blue jeans.
  • 7. 

    In which sentence is "raucous" used correctly?

    • A.

      The band suddenly sounded raucous as the tuba became off key.

    • B.

      He was sick and felt raucous.

    • C.

      The project was raucous! I barely made an A.

    • D.

      My heart felt raucous as I learned of his death.

    Correct Answer
    A. The band suddenly sounded raucous as the tuba became off key.
    Explanation
    The word "raucous" means loud, harsh, and disorderly. In the given sentence, the use of "raucous" accurately describes the band's sudden change in sound as the tuba became off key. This suggests that the band's performance became loud, harsh, and disorderly due to the tuba's mistake.

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  • 8. 

    Cynically means...

    • A.

      Doubting or disbelieving

    • B.

      Mistrusting the motives of others

    • C.

      Loud or blaring sound

    • D.

      Give up

    Correct Answer
    B. Mistrusting the motives of others
    Explanation
    Cynically means mistrusting the motives of others. This term refers to having a negative and skeptical view of people's intentions, often assuming that they are acting out of self-interest or ulterior motives. It implies a lack of trust and a belief that people are driven by selfishness rather than genuine concern.

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  • 9. 

    A synonym for insolently might be...

    • A.

      Loudly

    • B.

      Insultingly

    • C.

      Doubting

    • D.

      Mistrusting

    Correct Answer
    B. Insultingly
    Explanation
    Insolently means to act in a disrespectful or rude manner. The word "insultingly" aligns with this definition as it describes behavior that is offensive or offensive in nature. It conveys the idea of speaking or acting in a way that is meant to offend or belittle someone. Therefore, "insultingly" is an appropriate synonym for insolently.

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  • 10. 

    A synonym for "incredulously" might be "trusting."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. "Incredulously" means to be skeptical or doubtful, while "trusting" means to have faith or confidence. These two words have opposite meanings, therefore they cannot be synonyms.

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  • 11. 

    First-person point of view has all of the following characteristics except:

    • A.

      Uses "I" and "me"

    • B.

      Is told from a character is the story

    • C.

      Can see the thoughts of other characters

    • D.

      Can only see the narrator's perspective

    Correct Answer
    C. Can see the thoughts of other characters
    Explanation
    The first-person point of view is characterized by the use of "I" and "me" and is told from a character in the story. It allows the reader to only see the narrator's perspective, but it does not provide the ability to see the thoughts of other characters.

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  • 12. 

    From what point of view is the following story told?"There he lay for the remainder of the weary night, nursing his wrath and wounded pride. He could not understand what it all meant. What did they want with his, these strange men? Why were they keeping him pent up in this narrow crate?"

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person limited

    • D.

      Third person omniscient

    Correct Answer
    C. Third person limited
    Explanation
    The given passage is told from a third person limited point of view. This is evident from the use of pronouns such as "he" and "his" to refer to the protagonist. The narrator is not a character in the story and does not use "I" or "we" to describe the events. However, the narrator has limited access to the thoughts and feelings of only one character, the protagonist. The narrator does not have knowledge of the thoughts and motives of the other characters, which indicates a limited perspective.

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  • 13. 

    Laurie reports that Charles:

    • A.

      Hit the teacher

    • B.

      Likes to eat chalk

    • C.

      Stole his chocolate cake

    • D.

      Is the smallest child in the class

    Correct Answer
    A. Hit the teacher
    Explanation
    The given information suggests that Laurie is reporting about Charles and one of the things she reports is that Charles hit the teacher. This implies that Charles physically assaulted the teacher in some way, which is considered inappropriate behavior.

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  • 14. 

    How does Laurie feel about going to his first day of school based on the following quote:"I watched him go off the first morning with the older girl next door, seeing clearly that an era of my life was ended, my sweet-voiced nursery-school tot replaced by a long-trousered, swaggering character who forgot to stop at the corner and wave good-bye to me."

    • A.

      Sad and afraid

    • B.

      Confident and secure

    • C.

      Clingy and shy

    • D.

      Mean and rude

    Correct Answer
    B. Confident and secure
    Explanation
    Based on the quote, Laurie feels confident and secure about going to his first day of school. The quote mentions that he watches his older sister go off with the older girl next door, indicating that he is not worried about being alone or being separated from his sister. Additionally, the description of Laurie as a "long-trousered, swaggering character" suggests that he is self-assured and confident in his new role as a student.

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  • 15. 

    Why are Laurie's parents so concerned about Charles?

    • A.

      They don't want Charles to hit Laurie.

    • B.

      Charles is Laurie's best friend.

    • C.

      Charles is the class president and Laurie wanted that job.

    • D.

      They are afraid Charles might be a bad influence on their son.

    Correct Answer
    D. They are afraid Charles might be a bad influence on their son.
    Explanation
    Laurie's parents are concerned about Charles because they fear that he might have a negative influence on their son. This implies that Charles may engage in behaviors or activities that could potentially lead Laurie astray or cause him to engage in undesirable behavior. The parents' concern suggests that they want to protect their son from any negative influences that Charles may bring into his life.

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  • 16. 

    Laurie most likely created Charles because:

    • A.

      He hated kindergarten.

    • B.

      He was bored.

    • C.

      He wanted the attention he wasn't getting at home.

    • D.

      He hates green crayons.

    Correct Answer
    C. He wanted the attention he wasn't getting at home.
    Explanation
    Laurie most likely created Charles because he wanted the attention he wasn't getting at home. This can be inferred from the fact that the other options provided do not seem to have a direct connection with the creation of Charles. The option about hating kindergarten or being bored does not explain why Laurie would create Charles. Similarly, the option about hating green crayons seems unrelated to the creation of Charles. Therefore, the most plausible explanation is that Laurie created Charles to seek attention that was lacking at home.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following conflicts is NOT seen in the story "Charles?"

    • A.

      Man vs. man (Laurie has a problem with his baby sister)

    • B.

      Man vs. man (Charles has a problem with his teacher)

    • C.

      Man vs. self (Laurie has a problem overcoming his need for attention)

    • D.

      Man vs. nature (Laurie has a problem with dirt in his wheelbarrow)

    Correct Answer
    D. Man vs. nature (Laurie has a problem with dirt in his wheelbarrow)
    Explanation
    The story "Charles" does not depict a conflict between Laurie and nature. The conflicts mentioned in the other options are all present in the story. Laurie has a problem with his baby sister, his teacher, and his need for attention, which represent man vs. man and man vs. self conflicts. However, there is no conflict between Laurie and nature, specifically regarding dirt in his wheelbarrow.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following descriptions best matches the direct physical characterization of the imaginary character "Charles?"

    • A.

      Shorter than the other kids and doesn't have an umbrella

    • B.

      Taller than the other kids and doesn't have rain hat/pants

    • C.

      Taller than the other kids and doesn't have a rain coat/boots

    • D.

      Taller than the other kids and has a bad attitude.

    Correct Answer
    C. Taller than the other kids and doesn't have a rain coat/boots
    Explanation
    The correct answer describes Charles as taller than the other kids and not having a rain coat/boots. This implies that Charles is physically taller than his peers and is not prepared for the rain, as he lacks the necessary protective clothing.

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  • 19. 

    Is STEAL related to indirect or direct characterization? What does STEAL stand for?

    • A.

      Indirect; Speech/Thoughts/Effects on Others/Actions/Lies

    • B.

      Direct; Speech/Thoughts/Effects on Others/Actions/Looks

    • C.

      Indirect; Speech/Thoughts/Effects on Others/Actions/Looks

    • D.

      Indirect; Speech/Thoughts/Effects on Others/Actions/Look

    Correct Answer
    C. Indirect; Speech/Thoughts/Effects on Others/Actions/Looks
    Explanation
    The correct answer is indirect characterization. The acronym STEAL stands for Speech, Thoughts, Effects on Others, Actions, and Looks. These are all aspects of a character that can be used to indirectly reveal their personality, motivations, and traits to the reader.

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  • 20. 

    Quote of the Week:"Bound to be ________ like ________ in the world. ________ as well ________ them now ________ later.” - Father "Charles" by ________ Jackson

    Correct Answer
    people
    Charles
    Might
    meet
    as
    Shirley
    Explanation
    The quote is from "Father Charles" by Shirley Jackson. The speaker is saying that there are bound to be people in the world who might meet Charles and see him as Shirley.

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