\"The Dinner Party\" And Vocabulary (2nd Option)

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Please write your answers to this question ON A SHEET of NOTEBOOK PAPER!!! Using AT LEAST 3 vocabulary words from "The Dinner Party" ---write a paragraph (at least 5 sentences) discussing at least 2 of the ELEMENTS of a Short Story as seen in this story AND their importance to the THEME of the story.      BE SURE TO UNDERLINE THE VOCABULARY WORDS in your paragraph AND REMEMBER TO INDENT the paragraph!!!     Be sure to PUNCTUATE the Title of the story ANYTIME you write "The Dinner Party"!!!!!

  • 2. 

    We went out on the ______________________ to get fresh air.

    Explanation
    The word "verandah" fits perfectly in the given sentence as it is a covered outdoor area attached to a house, typically used for relaxation or enjoying fresh air. Going out on the verandah would provide the opportunity to get fresh air while staying protected from the elements.

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  • 3. 

    A __________________________ is Indian currency.

    Explanation
    The given answer, "rupee," is the correct answer because it is a widely recognized and accepted currency in India. The rupee is the official currency of India and is used for all financial transactions within the country. It is denoted by the symbol "₹" and is subdivided into 100 paise. Therefore, the blank in the question can be filled with "rupee" to complete the sentence.

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  • 4. 

    From the ___________________ of a building, you can hang flags so people can see them better because they're high up in the building..

    Explanation
    Rafters are the beams or supports that form the framework of a roof. Hanging flags from the rafters of a building allows them to be displayed at a higher position, making them more visible to people.

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  • 5. 

    The German _______________ sat with the president at the luncheon to discuss government affairs.

    Explanation
    An attache is a diplomatic official who works as a staff member in an embassy or consulate. They assist the ambassador or consul with various tasks and represent their country's interests in the host country. In this context, the German attache sat with the president at the luncheon to discuss government affairs, indicating that they were representing Germany and engaging in diplomatic discussions with the president.

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  • 6. 

    The television show was so intense, or ___________________, that I forgot the time and fell asleep in my regular clothes.

    Explanation
    The word "arresting" means captivating or engrossing. In this context, it suggests that the television show was so intense and captivating that the person watching it became completely absorbed in it. They were so engrossed in the show that they lost track of time and ended up falling asleep in their regular clothes without realizing it.

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  • 7. 

    The _________________ went to the rain forest to study a rare frog species.

    Explanation
    A naturalist is a person who studies and observes nature, including plants and animals, in their natural habitats. In this case, the naturalist went to the rainforest specifically to study a rare frog species. This suggests that the naturalist has expertise and interest in the field of biology and ecology, and is dedicated to understanding and conserving the biodiversity of the rainforest ecosystem.

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  • 8. 

    If you cheat on a test, you _________, or give up the right to get a grade.

    Explanation
    If you cheat on a test, you forfeit, or give up the right to get a grade.

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  • 9. 

    The beginning of a story is called its ______________________________  (remember to look at word bank!!)

    Explanation
    The beginning of a story is called its exposition. The exposition is where the author introduces the main characters, setting, and background information necessary for the reader to understand the story. It sets the stage for the events that will unfold and provides context for the reader to engage with the narrative.

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  • 10. 

    When the snake emerges from the table and the naturalist slams the door once it's outside.......

    • A.

      The conflict is resolved

    • B.

      The climax of the story occurs

    • C.

      The conflict is revealed

    • D.

      The story's conflict escalates

    Correct Answer
    B. The climax of the story occurs
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "the climax of the story occurs". The climax is the turning point or the most intense moment in a story, where the conflict reaches its peak and the outcome is determined. In this scenario, when the snake emerges from the table and the naturalist slams the door once it's outside, it signifies a crucial moment in the story, where the tension and suspense are at their highest. Therefore, this event can be considered the climax of the story.

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  • 11. 

    The argument between the colonel and the woman about which gender has the most control,......

    • A.

      Is not important to and with this story

    • B.

      Is an example of internal conflict

    • C.

      Could still be (and often is) argued in modern day

    • D.

      Is an example of man versus technology conflict

    Correct Answer
    C. Could still be (and often is) argued in modern day
    Explanation
    The given correct answer suggests that the argument between the colonel and the woman about which gender has the most control could still be argued in modern day. This implies that the issue of gender control is a topic of ongoing debate and discussion in contemporary society. The answer indicates that the argument is relevant and applicable to current times, highlighting the continued relevance of the topic.

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  • 12. 

    A most appropriate synonym for VERANDAH is

    • A.

      Sidewalk

    • B.

      Porch

    • C.

      Park

    • D.

      Shelter

    Correct Answer
    B. Porch
    Explanation
    A verandah is a covered platform that is attached to the outside of a building and provides a shaded area for relaxation or entertainment. A porch is also a covered platform attached to a building, usually at the front entrance, that serves a similar purpose. Therefore, porch is the most appropriate synonym for verandah as it accurately describes the structure and function of a verandah.

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  • 13. 

    Which would be the best explanation for why the scientist does not participate in the argument?

    • A.

      He is too interested in finding out who will win because he loves competition

    • B.

      He is busy doing his job which is based in observation

    • C.

      He instinctively senses the danger that is to follow

    • D.

      He wants to prove he has the most control of all the guests

    Correct Answer
    B. He is busy doing his job which is based in observation
    Explanation
    The scientist does not participate in the argument because he is busy doing his job, which is based on observation. This implies that his primary focus is on his work and gathering data through observation rather than engaging in arguments or competitions.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following were invited guests at the dinner party?  (May answer as many as apply):

    • A.

      Government attaches and wives

    • B.

      Army officers and wives

    • C.

      Colonial official and wife

    • D.

      The snake

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Government attaches and wives
    B. Army officers and wives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is government attaches and wives, and army officers and wives. This can be inferred from the options given in the question. The question asks for the invited guests at the dinner party, and the options provided include government attaches and wives, army officers and wives, and colonial official and wife. Since the snake is not a human being and does not fit the category of invited guests, it can be excluded as a possible answer.

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  • 15. 

    What evidence supports THE THEORY or  IDEA that the colonel wins the argument.?  ((CHOOSE 2)

    • A.

      All the women screamed when the cobra exited the room

    • B.

      All the men screamed when the cobra exited the room

    • C.

      No one was aware that the milk was put on the verandah by the woman

    • D.

      It appears that the man handled the situation when he slammed the door

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. All the women screamed when the cobra exited the room
    D. It appears that the man handled the situation when he slammed the door
    Explanation
    The evidence that supports the theory or idea that the colonel wins the argument is that all the women screamed when the cobra exited the room and it appears that the man handled the situation when he slammed the door. This suggests that the colonel was able to control the situation and protect the people in the room, which would give him an advantage in the argument.

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  • 16. 

    News about which of the following developments would SOBER the mood of a party?  (choose the BEST answer)

    • A.

      Car accident

    • B.

      Vacation plans

    • C.

      A winning game

    • D.

      Listening to a lively rock song

    Correct Answer
    A. Car accident
    Explanation
    A car accident is a negative and unfortunate event that can have a sobering effect on people's mood. It is likely to bring down the excitement and enthusiasm at a party as it reminds people of the potential dangers and consequences of reckless behavior. The news of a car accident can shift the focus from enjoyment to concern and may lead to a more somber atmosphere.

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  • 17. 

    Which subject would NOT be required in a program of study for a naturalist?

    • A.

      Banking

    • B.

      Biology

    • C.

      Earth science

    • D.

      Psychology

    Correct Answer
    A. Banking
    Explanation
    A naturalist is someone who studies and observes the natural world, including plants, animals, and ecosystems. The subjects that would be relevant to a program of study for a naturalist would be biology, earth science, and psychology (to understand animal behavior). However, banking is not relevant to the study of the natural world and would not be required for a naturalist.

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  • 18. 

    A likely interpretation for the phrase "spirited discussion" is.....

    • A.

      Parody

    • B.

      Flirting

    • C.

      Argument

    • D.

      Learned exchange

    Correct Answer
    C. Argument
    Explanation
    A likely interpretation for the phrase "spirited discussion" is an argument. This phrase suggests a lively and passionate conversation where individuals express their differing opinions and engage in a vigorous debate. The word "spirited" implies a high level of energy and enthusiasm, which aligns with the intensity often associated with arguments.

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  • 19. 

    An arresting sign might cause you to swerve off the road.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    An arresting sign refers to a sign that is visually striking or attention-grabbing. If a driver becomes too focused on such a sign, it can distract them from the road and potentially cause them to swerve off the road. Therefore, it is true that an arresting sign might cause a driver to swerve off the road.

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  • 20. 

    One might forfeit working his/her job if he/she won the lottery.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    If someone wins the lottery, they may choose to quit their job because they no longer need to work for financial stability. Winning a large sum of money can provide financial security and freedom, allowing individuals to pursue other interests or retire early. Therefore, it is possible for someone to forfeit their job if they win the lottery.

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  • 21. 

    According to the naturalist's rationale, the most important reason he does not warn the others of the snake's presence is which of the following:

    • A.

      He doesn't want to appeart unable to control himself

    • B.

      He doesn't want to embarrass the hostess

    • C.

      He would reveal too much about his love for snakes to the other guests

    • D.

      He is afraid the cobra would strike if the other guests panic

    Correct Answer
    D. He is afraid the cobra would strike if the other guests panic
    Explanation
    The naturalist does not warn the others of the snake's presence because he is afraid the cobra would strike if the other guests panic.

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  • 22. 

    The discussion about the differences of ability to maintain control between men and women will most likely NEVER be answered because....

    • A.

      These differences can only be determined on an individual basis ~ whether men or women are involved.

    • B.

      All women scream when they're afraid.

    • C.

      All men scream when they're afraid.

    • D.

      Men are insensitive and women are sensitive

    Correct Answer
    A. These differences can only be determined on an individual basis ~ whether men or women are involved.
    Explanation
    The correct answer explains that the discussion about the differences in the ability to maintain control between men and women cannot be definitively answered because these differences can only be determined on an individual basis. This means that it is not accurate to make generalizations about all men or all women based on their ability to maintain control, as each person is unique and may possess different levels of control regardless of their gender.

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  • 23. 

    Which of the following is NOT an example of the naturalist's keen power of observation?

    • A.

      He observed the servants bring the milk

    • B.

      Watching the hostess' face suddenly become tense

    • C.

      His participation in the conversation about which sex has the most control

    • D.

      Scanning each corner of the room in search of the snake

    Correct Answer
    C. His participation in the conversation about which sex has the most control
    Explanation
    The naturalist's keen power of observation involves closely observing and studying the natural world. The first option, observing the servants bring the milk, demonstrates this ability as it involves observing a specific action in detail. The second option, watching the hostess' face suddenly become tense, also shows keen observation of human behavior. The fourth option, scanning each corner of the room in search of the snake, is another example of observing the environment. However, the third option, his participation in the conversation about which sex has the most control, does not involve direct observation of the natural world and therefore is not an example of the naturalist's keen power of observation.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following is the BEST example of a THEME seen in this short story?

    • A.

      Snakes can be scary/stay away from them!

    • B.

      Naturalists have an interesting job and can learn lots about others by watching them

    • C.

      The person you see take action is always in charge/be a keen observer!

    • D.

      Use caution in making snap judgeents until you have all the evidence./do not stereotype

    Correct Answer
    D. Use caution in making snap judgeents until you have all the evidence./do not stereotype
    Explanation
    The theme of the short story is about not making snap judgments and avoiding stereotypes. This is evident from the statement "Use caution in making snap judgments until you have all the evidence/do not stereotype." The story likely emphasizes the importance of gathering all the necessary information before forming opinions or assumptions about others.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following would NOT be an example of an EXTERNAL CONFLICT?

    • A.

      Deciding whether to cheat on a test

    • B.

      Your 4-wheeler tearing up and needing to be fixed

    • C.

      Surviving without shelter during a thunderstorm

    • D.

      Getting a ticket for speeding because you were, indeed, speeding

    Correct Answer
    A. Deciding whether to cheat on a test
    Explanation
    Deciding whether to cheat on a test is not an example of an external conflict because it does not involve a conflict between the protagonist and an external force or entity. It is an internal conflict, as it involves a moral dilemma and decision-making within the individual's mind. External conflicts typically involve struggles with other people, nature, society, or external circumstances.

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  • 26. 

    From the story's RESOLUTION, evidence best supports the idea that.....

    • A.

      The man had the most control

    • B.

      The man was in charge from the beginning

    • C.

      The woman took control in the very beginning

    • D.

      It was unwise for the man to have the guests play the quiet game

    Correct Answer
    C. The woman took control in the very beginning
  • 27. 

    What is an IDIOM?

    • A.

      A phrase that is worded in a crazy sort of way and you have to wonder about its meaning

    • B.

      When a symbol stands for - or represents - something else

    • C.

      A phrase that doesn't mean what it literally says - you have to think deeper to understand its meaning

    • D.

      When a statement is difficult to understand

    Correct Answer
    C. A phrase that doesn't mean what it literally says - you have to think deeper to understand its meaning
    Explanation
    An idiom is a phrase that doesn't mean what it literally says. It is a figurative expression that requires deeper thinking to understand its intended meaning. Idioms often have a cultural or historical context and are used to convey a specific message or idea. By using figurative language, idioms add color and depth to the language, making it more interesting and expressive. Understanding idioms requires familiarity with the language and its cultural nuances.

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  • 28. 

    In "The Dinner Party", the idiom 'waiting for the other shoe to drop' was illustrated through.............

    • A.

      The spirited conversation between the colonel and the lady/which led to the realization that the woman had been in charge

    • B.

      The events that took place during the exposition/and realizing that the hostess was really in charge

    • C.

      The events that took place at the climax of the story/when the naturalist jumped up and slammed the door closed

    • D.

      The reaction of the naturalist to seeing the hostess' face, and observed the boy taking the milk to the verandah/and was looking for where the snake might be

    Correct Answer
    D. The reaction of the naturalist to seeing the hostess' face, and observed the boy taking the milk to the verandah/and was looking for where the snake might be
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the reaction of the naturalist to seeing the hostess' face, and observed the boy taking the milk to the verandah/and was looking for where the snake might be. This choice accurately depicts the idiom "waiting for the other shoe to drop" as it highlights the suspense and anticipation of an impending event. The naturalist's reaction to the hostess and his observation of the boy's actions create a sense of unease and expectation, suggesting that something significant is about to happen.

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  • 29. 

    The type of CONFLICT seen in the story could BEST be described as....... 

    • A.

      Internal Conflict ----man vs. himself

    • B.

      External Conflict --man vs. society

    • C.

      Internal Conflict --man vs. nature

    • D.

      External Conflict ---man vs. man

    Correct Answer
    D. External Conflict ---man vs. man
    Explanation
    The correct answer is External Conflict ---man vs. man. This means that the conflict in the story is between the protagonist and another character or characters. This type of conflict often involves opposing goals, values, or beliefs, and can create tension and drive the plot forward.

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  • 30. 

    In what way is the SETTING most significant (important) in/to this short story?

    • A.

      The setting is a dinner party, and without a dinner party there would not be a table

    • B.

      The setting is in India, and if the dinner party were not in India the cobra would not be as likely to be a threat to people.

    • C.

      The setting was not really all that important, a dinner party could take place anywhere in the world which makes the setting a universal sort of place.

    • D.

      This short story is set in a house and without it being in a house there would be no veranda..

    Correct Answer
    B. The setting is in India, and if the dinner party were not in India the cobra would not be as likely to be a threat to people.
    Explanation
    The setting being in India is significant because it creates a specific context for the story. India is known for its diverse wildlife, including cobras, which adds tension and danger to the dinner party. If the setting were in a different country, the presence of a cobra would not be as plausible or impactful. Therefore, the setting in India enhances the suspense and adds a unique element to the story.

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  • 31. 

    In "The Dinner Party" what POINT OF VIEW is utilized (used), and in what way is this SIGNIFICANT in/to the story?

    • A.

      "The Dinner Party" is written in 1st person point of view and that's important because we see the events purely from the naturalist's point of view.

    • B.

      "The Dinner Party" is written from the 2nd Person Point of View and that's important because we are instructed as to what to think about the characters.

    • C.

      "The Dinner Party" is written in 3rd Person Point of View and that's important because we see the events from the cobra's point of view.

    • D.

      "The Dinner Party" is written from Third Person Point of View and that's important because we see the events from a narrator's point of view and not simply one person's (within the story) point of view.

    Correct Answer
    D. "The Dinner Party" is written from Third Person Point of View and that's important because we see the events from a narrator's point of view and not simply one person's (within the story) point of view.
  • 32. 

    The sequence of events in the PLOT that are most significant towards creating the THEME of the story are...............

    • A.

      The woman's face changes, she tells the boy to bring milk, and the naturalist figures out what's going on/slams the door and protects everyone

    • B.

      The argument between the colonel and young woman, the naturalist figuring out there's a problem through observing the hostess/seeing milk being taken out/counting/slamming door, the colonel believing he was right because a man (the naturalist) kept his cool, then the naturalist clarifying/asking the hostess how SHE knew there was a snake in the room and her revelation that it had been on her foot

    • C.

      The argument between the man/woman, then the hostess telling the boy to bring milk, then the naturalist counting to 300 and slamming the door, then the colonel pointing out that a man had been in control of himself

    • D.

      The setting was India at a dinner party and there was an argument, then a revelation that the woman had been in charge all along

    Correct Answer
    B. The argument between the colonel and young woman, the naturalist figuring out there's a problem through observing the hostess/seeing milk being taken out/counting/slamming door, the colonel believing he was right because a man (the naturalist) kept his cool, then the naturalist clarifying/asking the hostess how SHE knew there was a snake in the room and her revelation that it had been on her foot
    Explanation
    The sequence of events mentioned in the answer is most significant towards creating the theme of the story because it highlights the power dynamics between men and women. The argument between the colonel and the young woman sets the stage for this theme, with the colonel believing he is right because a man (the naturalist) remained calm. However, the naturalist's observation and quick action in figuring out the problem challenges this belief. The naturalist's clarification and the hostess's revelation that she had been in danger all along further emphasize the theme of women's agency and the underestimation of their abilities.

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  • 33. 

    SYMBOLISM is seen in this story through......

    • A.

      The naturalist - and his ability to observe closely he represents men being smart

    • B.

      The fact that the dinner party is taking place in India

    • C.

      The hostess --and her ability to sit with a snake on her foot and remain calm she stands for intelligence

    • D.

      The snake - it represents evil and/or fear

    Correct Answer
    D. The snake - it represents evil and/or fear
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the snake - it represents evil and/or fear. In many cultures, snakes are often associated with negative connotations such as danger, deceit, or temptation. In this story, the presence of the snake symbolizes the presence of evil or fear that the characters may be facing. It adds a sense of tension and unease to the atmosphere of the story, highlighting the theme of danger or the characters' inner fears.

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