Multiple Choice Quiz #3: The Drunk

12 Questions | Total Attempts: 36

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The speaker in the passage can best be described as a person who
    • A. 

      Is committed to developing his skills as a writer

    • B. 

      Is actually more interested in being a musician than in being a writer

    • C. 

      Has talent as both a musician and a writer

    • D. 

      Is motivated very differently from the jazz musicians that he describes

    • E. 

      Aspires to greatness but knows that he will never achieve it

  • 2. 
    That the speaker "sympathized with" the drunk's "obsession" (lines 16-17) is ironic chiefly because the drunk
    • A. 

      Agitated the speaker purposely and distracted him from his writing

    • B. 

      Was not "poetic" (line 3) and had no basis for his obsession

    • C. 

      Actually disturbed the speaker less than did the singer

    • D. 

      Had little "sensitivity" (line 5) and was undeserving of sympathy

    • E. 

      Was a major source of the noise from which the speaker wished to escape

  • 3. 
    It can be inferred that the speaker and the drunk were "fellow victims" (line 22) in that 
    • A. 

      Both had lost control of their passions

    • B. 

      Neither received support from friends or relatives

    • C. 

      Each had in a different way proven to be a failure

    • D. 

      Neither was any longer able to feel guilt or responsibility

    • E. 

      Both were tormented by distracting disturbances

  • 4. 
    In context, the word "intimate" (lines 24-25) is best interpreted to mean
    • A. 

      Suggestive and lyrical

    • B. 

      Tender and friendly

    • C. 

      Inexorably penetrating

    • D. 

      Sensual and charming

    • E. 

      Strongly private

  • 5. 
    The speaker mentions Beethoven's Fifth and Macbeth (lines 27-28) as examples of which of the following?
    • A. 

      Masterly creations flawed by insidious motifs and violent scenes

    • B. 

      Works of art famous for their power to annoy audiences

    • C. 

      Splendid artistic achievements often performed unsatisfactorily

    • D. 

      Artistic compositions with compelling and unforgettable elements

    • E. 

      Classic masterpieces with which everyone should be familiar

  • 6. 
    The description of the "delicate balance" (line 41) achieved at jazz jam sessions contributes to the unity of the passage in which of the following ways?
    • A. 

      As a contrast to the situation in the speaker's neighborhood

    • B. 

      As a condemnations of the singer's lack of talent

    • C. 

      As a parallel to the drunk's attitude toward the world

    • D. 

      As an indication of the essential similarity between art and life

    • E. 

      As a satirical comment on the speaker's own shortcomings

  • 7. 
    According to the speaker, the jazz musicians that he knew as a boy attempted to do all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Become technical masters of the instruments on which they performed

    • B. 

      Blend forms such as the slave song and the spiritual into a carefully structured performances

    • C. 

      Achieve individuality and virtuosity within the confines of their musical tradition

    • D. 

      Communicate their beliefs and attitudes in a positive manner through their performances

    • E. 

      Combine their talents with those of others in extemporaneous group performances

  • 8. 
    The speaker's attitude toward the jazz musicians is best described as one of 
    • A. 

      Idolatrous devotion

    • B. 

      Profound admiration

    • C. 

      Feigned intimacy

    • D. 

      Qualified enthusiasm

    • E. 

      Reasoned objectivity

  • 9. 
    The speaker suggests that the jazz musicians to whom he refers accomplish which of the following by means of their art?
    • A. 

      They hold a mirror to nature.

    • B. 

      They prove that music is superior to other art forms.

    • C. 

      They provide an ironic view of the world.

    • D. 

      They create order from the disorder of life.

    • E. 

      They create music concerned more with truth than beauty.

  • 10. 
    In the sentence beginning "There were times" (lines 58-63), the speaker employs all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Concrete diction

    • B. 

      Parallel syntax

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Understatement

    • E. 

      Onomatopoeia

  • 11. 
    In the passage, the drunk, the jazz musicians, and the singer all share which of the following?
    • A. 

      An inability to identify with others

    • B. 

      An intense application to a single activity

    • C. 

      A concern more with individuality than with tradition

    • D. 

      An ambivalent feeling about their roles in life

    • E. 

      A desire for popular approval

  • 12. 
    Which one do you like?
    • A. 

      Option 1

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Option 4