A Worn Path

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A Worn Path - Quiz

This is a review of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path." Can you identify the symbolism throughout the story?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the main character's name? 

    • A.

      Phoenix Sun

    • B.

      River Phoenix

    • C.

      Phoenix Jackson

    Correct Answer
    C. Phoenix Jackson
    Explanation
    The main character's name is Phoenix Jackson.

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  • 2. 

    Describe the main character's journey.

  • 3. 

    What is the significance of the story taking place during the Christmas season?

  • 4. 

    Identify and explain three themes identified in the story.

  • 5. 

    Describe race relations in Mississippi during the 1940's.  Describe how those same beliefs and ideas are present in Welty's, "A Worn Path."

  • 6. 

    In your opinion, why do you think Welty selected the main character's name?  What do you think the main character's name means?

  • 7. 

    Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" is structured mostly around

    • A.

      Biography

    • B.

      Geography

    • C.

      Conversation

    • D.

      Flashback

    Correct Answer
    B. Geography
    Explanation
    The correct answer is geography. In "A Worn Path," Eudora Welty's story revolves around the journey of an elderly African-American woman named Phoenix Jackson as she travels through the rural landscape of Mississippi to obtain medicine for her grandson. The story is heavily influenced by the physical setting and the various obstacles Phoenix encounters along the way, highlighting the importance of geography in shaping the narrative.

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  • 8. 

    What is the purpose of Phoenix's trip to the city?

    • A.

      To pick up medicine for her grandson

    • B.

      To see a doctor about her failing health

    • C.

      To buy her grandson a toy for Christmas

    • D.

      To make final plans for her burial

    Correct Answer
    A. To pick up medicine for her grandson
    Explanation
    The purpose of Phoenix's trip to the city is to pick up medicine for her grandson. This is evident from the fact that the other options do not mention anything about her grandson or medicine. Additionally, the mention of her grandson indicates that she is making the trip for his benefit, further supporting this explanation.

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  • 9. 

    How much money does Phoenix have at the end of the story?

    • A.

      A shiny silver dollar she found on the path

    • B.

      A nickel, given to her by the huntsman

    • C.

      Five pennies given to her by the kindly nurse

    • D.

      Ten cents, derived from her cunning and no-nonsense approach to life

    Correct Answer
    D. Ten cents, derived from her cunning and no-nonsense approach to life
    Explanation
    Phoenix has ten cents at the end of the story because she is resourceful and clever in her approach to life.

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  • 10. 

    How does the reader learn about the details of Phoenix's journey

    • A.

      The third preson omniscient speaker relates it to us

    • B.

      The huntsman provides the narration as he watches her through the forest

    • C.

      The narrator tells us the stroy in a first person narrative style

    • D.

      The omniscient speaker and Phoenix's conversations with herself and the elements around her flesh out the story

    Correct Answer
    D. The omniscient speaker and Phoenix's conversations with herself and the elements around her flesh out the story
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the omniscient speaker and Phoenix's conversations with herself and the elements around her flesh out the story. This suggests that the reader learns about the details of Phoenix's journey through a combination of the omniscient speaker's perspective and Phoenix's own internal dialogue and interactions with her surroundings. The omniscient speaker provides an overarching view of the events, while Phoenix's conversations with herself and the elements around her add depth and insight into her thoughts and experiences during the journey.

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  • 11. 

    Why was Phoenix's journey so remarkable?

    • A.

      She was walking on a broken ankle

    • B.

      She weathered the adverse winter conditions

    • C.

      She traveled a long distance for a woman so old and infirm

    • D.

      She had lost her map and was navigating by familiar landmarks

    Correct Answer
    C. She traveled a long distance for a woman so old and infirm
    Explanation
    Phoenix's journey was remarkable because she traveled a long distance despite being old and infirm. This shows her determination and resilience, as it would have been challenging for someone in her condition to undertake such a journey.

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  • 12. 

    How does the author present Phoenix?  

    • A.

      As a brave determined person able to meet a challenge despite obstacles

    • B.

      As a gruff, angry octogernarian furious with the hand that life had dealt her

    • C.

      As a foolish old woman showing a lapse in good judgement

    • D.

      As a lonely and sad individual looking for companionship before death

    Correct Answer
    A. As a brave determined person able to meet a challenge despite obstacles
    Explanation
    The author presents Phoenix as a brave and determined person who is able to meet challenges despite obstacles. The description implies that Phoenix possesses qualities of courage and perseverance, suggesting that she is not easily deterred by difficulties. This characterization portrays her in a positive light, highlighting her strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

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  • 13. 

    What does she carry in her hand?  

    Correct Answer
    N/A
    Explanation
    the cane made from an old umbrella.

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  • 14. 

    What does she want to buy her grandson?  

    Correct Answer
    windmill
    Explanation
    She wants to buy her grandson a windmill.

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  • 15. 

    Define the word "cur"

  • 16. 

    Define the word obstinate.  How was it used in the story?  What else could it possibly be used to describe as well?

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