"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

  • 2. 
    "Rikki Tikki Tavi" is an example of a story told in first-person point of view.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 5. 
    An author can indirectly characterize a character using all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Speech

    • B. 

      Thoughts

    • C. 

      Affects

    • D. 

      Looks

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 8. 
    Cynically means...
    • A. 

      Doubting or disbelieving

    • B. 

      Mistrusting the motives of others

    • C. 

      Loud or blaring sound

    • D. 

      Give up

  • 9. 
    A synonym for insolently might be...
    • A. 

      Loudly

    • B. 

      Insultingly

    • C. 

      Doubting

    • D. 

      Mistrusting

  • 10. 
    A synonym for "incredulously" might be "trusting."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 20. 
    Quote of the Week:"Bound to be [Blank] like [Blank] in the world. [Blank] as well [Blank] them now [Blank] later.” - Father "Charles" by [Blank] Jackson
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