Out Of The Dust Quiz 30-69

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Students will test their knowledge of Out of the Dust pages 30-69.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    "The night sky kept flashing, lightening danced down on its spindly legs," is an example of

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Personification
    Explanation
    The given sentence "The night sky kept flashing, lightening danced down on its spindly legs," is an example of personification. Personification is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to non-human things. In this sentence, the night sky is described as "keeping flashing" and lightning is described as "dancing down on its spindly legs," attributing human actions to inanimate objects.

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  • 2. 

    "Her anger simmered over like a pot in an empty kitchen, boils itslef down" is an example of

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    C. Simile
    Explanation
    The given sentence compares the anger simmering over to a pot boiling down in an empty kitchen. This is a simile because it uses the word "like" to make the comparison. Similes are figures of speech that compare two unlike things using "like" or "as".

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  • 3. 

    Billie Jo's dad, Bayard, fought in what war?

    • A.

      World War II

    • B.

      World War I

    • C.

      Civil War

    • D.

      Revolutionary War

    Correct Answer
    B. World War I
    Explanation
    Bayard, Billie Jo's dad, fought in World War I. This is indicated by the fact that World War I is the only option that matches the time period when Billie Jo's dad would have been of fighting age. The other wars listed (World War II, Civil War, Revolutionary War) occurred at earlier or later times.

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  • 4. 

    Polly, Billie Jo's mom, has been tending to _______ in their yard.

    • A.

      Chickens

    • B.

      Roses

    • C.

      Apple trees

    • D.

      Wheat fields

    Correct Answer
    C. Apple trees
    Explanation
    Polly, Billie Jo's mom, has been tending to apple trees in their yard. This suggests that Polly is responsible for taking care of the apple trees, which could involve activities such as watering, pruning, and harvesting the apples.

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  • 5. 

    "On Sunday, winds came, bringing a red dust like prairie fire, hot and peppery" is an example of

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    D. Simile
    Explanation
    The given sentence "On Sunday, winds came, bringing a red dust like prairie fire, hot and peppery" is an example of a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words "like" or "as". In this sentence, the comparison is made between the red dust and a prairie fire, emphasizing the similarity in their characteristics.

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  • 6. 

    How is Billie Jo earning money for the family?

    • A.

      Helping Mr. Hardly sweep his store

    • B.

      Playing piano in neighboring towns

    • C.

      Selling milk and wheat to neighbors

    • D.

      Helping teach lessons at the schoolhouse

    Correct Answer
    B. Playing piano in neighboring towns
    Explanation
    Billie Jo is earning money for the family by playing the piano in neighboring towns. This suggests that she has musical talent and is able to use it to generate income. By performing in different towns, she is able to reach a wider audience and potentially earn more money for her family.

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  • 7. 

    "My dazzling ma, round and ripe and striped like a melon" is an example of

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The phrase "round and ripe and striped like a melon" compares the subject, "my dazzling ma," to a melon using the word "like." This comparison creates a vivid image in the reader's mind and highlights the qualities of the subject. This is a clear example of a simile, as it directly compares two things using "like" or "as."

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  • 8. 

    What happened in the poem titled "The Accident?"

    • A.

      Billie Jo's dad gets burned by kerosene left on the stove.

    • B.

      A tipped-over candle ignites the living room on fire and burns Billie Jo and her mom.

    • C.

      Billie Jo gets burned putting out the flames on her mom.

    • D.

      Billie Jo accidentally sets the barn on fire, burning her and her dad.

    Correct Answer
    C. Billie Jo gets burned putting out the flames on her mom.
    Explanation
    In the poem titled "The Accident," Billie Jo gets burned while trying to extinguish the flames on her mom.

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  • 9. 

    What of Billie Jo's was harmed by the fire?

    • A.

      Her piano

    • B.

      Her hands

    • C.

      Her favorite apron

    • D.

      The apple tree in the front yard

    Correct Answer
    B. Her hands
    Explanation
    In the novel or story being referred to, there was a fire that caused harm to Billie Jo. Out of the options given, her hands were the ones that were harmed by the fire.

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  • 10. 

    What happened to Polly?

    • A.

      She took Billie Jo, left Oklahoma, and moved to California.

    • B.

      She died in a dust storm.

    • C.

      She became the head schoolteacher at Billie Jo's school.

    • D.

      She died shortly after giving birth.

    Correct Answer
    D. She died shortly after giving birth.
    Explanation
    The given correct answer states that Polly died shortly after giving birth. This suggests that after giving birth, Polly faced complications or health issues that resulted in her death. The other options provided do not indicate any negative outcome for Polly, such as moving to California or becoming a schoolteacher. Therefore, the most plausible explanation is that Polly's death occurred shortly after she gave birth.

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