The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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  • 1. 

    Resentfully; gloomily

    • A.

      Serene

    • B.

      Sullenly

    • C.

      Precariously

    • D.

      Infallibilty

    Correct Answer
    B. Sullenly
    Explanation
    The word "resentfully" means to feel bitterness or anger towards someone or something. The word "gloomily" means to feel sadness or melancholy. The word "serene" means calm and peaceful. The word "precariously" means in a way that is uncertain or unstable. The word "infallibility" means the inability to make mistakes or be wrong. Out of these options, "sullenly" best fits the meaning of the given word "resentfully" as it means to be in a bad mood or showing irritation or anger.

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  • 2. 

    Near; about to happen

    • A.

      Reiterated

    • B.

      Imminent

    • C.

      Mar

    Correct Answer
    B. Imminent
    Explanation
    The word "imminent" means that something is about to happen or is likely to occur very soon. It suggests that an event or situation is impending or on the verge of taking place. In the given options, "imminent" is the most appropriate word that conveys the meaning of something being near or about to happen.

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  • 3. 

    Rainbowlike; displaying a shifting range of colors

    • A.

      Iridescent

    • B.

      Reiterated

    • C.

      Blighted

    Correct Answer
    A. Iridescent
    Explanation
    The word "iridescent" means displaying a shifting range of colors. It is a suitable explanation for the given correct answer because it accurately describes the quality of being rainbowlike and having a range of shifting colors.

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  • 4. 

    Peaceful; calm

    • A.

      Infallibility

    • B.

      Doggedness

    • C.

      Serene

    Correct Answer
    C. Serene
    Explanation
    The word "serene" means peaceful and calm. It is the best fit for the given list of words as it aligns with the meaning of "peaceful" and "calm". "Infallibility" means being incapable of making mistakes, which does not relate to the given words. "Doggedness" refers to persistence and determination, which is not synonymous with peacefulness. Therefore, "serene" is the correct answer.

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  • 5. 

    Inability to make a mistake

    • A.

      Infallibility

    • B.

      Precariously

    • C.

      Sullenly

    Correct Answer
    A. Infallibility
    Explanation
    Infallibility refers to the inability to make a mistake. This means that someone or something is always correct and cannot be wrong. It suggests a state of being perfect or flawless in decision-making or actions. The word "infallibility" implies a high level of reliability and trustworthiness, as it indicates that errors or failures are not possible.

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  • 6. 

    Used as suffering from conditions that destroy or prevent growth

    • A.

      Precariously

    • B.

      Mar

    • C.

      Blighted

    Correct Answer
    C. Blighted
    Explanation
    The word "blighted" means to be affected by something that destroys or prevents growth. It is often used to describe a condition of suffering or deterioration. In this context, "blighted" is the most appropriate word to convey the idea of being affected by conditions that hinder growth or cause destruction. The other words, "precariously" and "mar," do not specifically convey the same meaning of suffering or destruction.

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  • 7. 

    Stubbornness; persistence

    • A.

      Infallibility

    • B.

      Doggedness

    • C.

      Iridescent

    Correct Answer
    B. Doggedness
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "doggedness" because it is synonymous with "stubbornness" and "persistence". Doggedness refers to the quality of being determined and persistent in achieving goals, despite difficulties or obstacles. It implies a strong and unwavering commitment to a task or objective. Therefore, "doggedness" is the most suitable word choice among the given options to convey the meaning of stubbornness and persistence.

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  • 8. 

    Repeated

    • A.

      Reiterated

    • B.

      Stubborness

    • C.

      Damged

    Correct Answer
    A. Reiterated
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "reiterated" because it is the most appropriate word that matches the given list. "Reiterated" means to repeat or say something again, which is synonymous with "repeated." The other options, "stubborness" and "damaged," do not have the same meaning as "repeated" or "reiterated," making them incorrect choices.

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  • 9. 

    Unsteadily; insecurely

    • A.

      Precariously

    • B.

      Create

    • C.

      Dangerously

    Correct Answer
    A. Precariously
    Explanation
    The word "precariously" means in a way that is uncertain or unstable, suggesting a lack of security or stability. This aligns with the given words "unsteadily" and "insecurely," which imply a lack of firmness or stability. Therefore, "precariously" is the correct answer as it best captures the meaning of the given words.

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  • 10. 

    Damage; spoil

    • A.

      Comparision

    • B.

      Fresh

    • C.

      Mar

    Correct Answer
    C. Mar
    Explanation
    The word "mar" means to damage or spoil something, which fits with the given words "damage" and "spoil." It is likely that the question is asking for a word that is synonymous with these two words, and "mar" fits that description.

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  • 11. 

    Figurative language helps you see familiar things in new ways.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Figurative language, such as metaphors, similes, and personification, uses words in a non-literal way to create vivid imagery and evoke emotions. By employing figurative language, the writer or speaker can present everyday objects or concepts in a fresh and imaginative manner, allowing the audience to perceive them from a different perspective. This enables us to gain new insights and deepen our understanding of familiar things, making the statement "Figurative language helps you see familiar things in new ways" true.

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  • 12. 

    A comparison between two dissimular things linked by a word such as like, as, or resembles.

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two dissimilar things using words like "like," "as," or "resembles." It helps create vivid imagery and enhances the reader's understanding by drawing a parallel between two unrelated concepts. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses explicit comparison words. In this case, the correct answer is simile because it accurately describes the comparison between two dissimilar things using words like "like," "as," or "resembles."

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following are recurring symbols in  "The Scarlet Ibis"?

    • A.

      Bird

    • B.

      Flowers

    • C.

      Bees

    • D.

      Tombstones

    Correct Answer
    A. Bird
    Explanation
    In "The Scarlet Ibis," the recurring symbol of a bird represents the fragility and vulnerability of the main character, Doodle. The bird is initially seen as weak and unable to survive on its own, just like Doodle. As the story progresses, the bird becomes a powerful symbol of Doodle's own struggle for survival and his eventual tragic fate. The bird also represents the beauty and freedom that Doodle desires but is ultimately denied. Its presence throughout the story serves to emphasize the themes of mortality, innocence, and the destructive nature of pride.

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  • 14. 

    The description of Doodle's last summer as "blighted" foreshadows

    • A.

      Doodle's birth

    • B.

      Doodle's coming death

    • C.

      The scarlet ibis

    • D.

      Life in the South

    Correct Answer
    B. Doodle's coming death
    Explanation
    The description of Doodle's last summer as "blighted" suggests that something negative or harmful will happen to him in the future. This foreshadows Doodle's coming death, indicating that his last summer will be marred by tragedy.

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  • 15. 

    The scarlet ibis symbolizes Doodle in that both the child and bird are

    • A.

      Able to move very quickly

    • B.

      Trying to learn to fly

    • C.

      Rare, beautiful, and fragile

    • D.

      Very fond of being ouside

    Correct Answer
    C. Rare, beautiful, and fragile
    Explanation
    The scarlet ibis symbolizes Doodle because both the child and the bird are described as rare, beautiful, and fragile. This suggests that Doodle, like the scarlet ibis, is delicate and unique. The use of these characteristics helps to emphasize Doodle's vulnerability and his need for protection and care.

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  • 16. 

    The setting of the story as presented in the opening paragraph could best be described as

    • A.

      Sad and suggestive of death

    • B.

      Cheerful and suggestive of life

    • C.

      Peaceful and suggestive of heaven

    • D.

      Haunted and suggestive of danger

    Correct Answer
    A. Sad and suggestive of death
    Explanation
    The opening paragraph of the story portrays a setting that is described as sad and suggestive of death. This suggests that the atmosphere is gloomy and somber, possibly indicating a tragic event or a melancholic mood. The choice of words and imagery used in the paragraph may evoke a sense of sorrow and loss, creating a setting that is associated with death and sadness.

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  • 17. 

    Which of these details is not an example of foreshadowing in the story?

    • A.

      "Don't hurt me, Brother,' he warned."

    • B.

      "The oriole nest... rocked back and forth like an empty cradle"

    • C.

      "The oriole nest... rocked back and forth like an empty cradle."

    • D.

      "keeping a nice secret is very hard to do..."

    Correct Answer
    D. "keeping a nice secret is very hard to do..."
    Explanation
    The phrase "keeping a nice secret is very hard to do..." does not serve as an example of foreshadowing in the story. Foreshadowing is a literary technique used to hint or suggest future events or outcomes in a story. It typically involves the use of specific details or language that provide clues about what is to come. However, the phrase "keeping a nice secret is very hard to do..." does not provide any indication or suggestion of future events or outcomes in the story. Therefore, it does not qualify as an example of foreshadowing.

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  • 18. 

    What does  this simile indicate?They named him William Armstong, which was like trying a big tail on a small kite.

    • A.

      The baby's abilities are amazing.

    • B.

      Babies do not need decoration.

    • C.

      The baby's name is too grand.

    • D.

      Coming up with names is tricky.

    Correct Answer
    C. The baby's name is too grand.
    Explanation
    The simile "trying a big tail on a small kite" suggests that the name William Armstrong is too grand or extravagant for the baby. Just as a big tail would be disproportionate and impractical for a small kite, the name seems excessive or inappropriate for the baby.

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  • 19. 

    Whuich of following sentences contain a simile?

    • A.

      He collapsed onto the grass like a half- empty flour sack.

    • B.

      For the first he became one of us.

    • C.

      He was a burden in many ways.

    • D.

      Familly, I could see I was licked.

    Correct Answer
    A. He collapsed onto the grass like a half- empty flour sack.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He collapsed onto the grass like a half-empty flour sack." This sentence contains a simile because it uses the word "like" to compare the action of collapsing onto the grass to the image of a half-empty flour sack. The comparison helps to create a vivid image in the reader's mind and adds descriptive detail to the sentence.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following sentences contains a simile?

    • A.

      The flower garden was brown.

    • B.

      A grindstone stands where the bleeding tree stood.

    • C.

      The oriole nest rocked back and forth like an empty cradle.

    • D.

      The pale fence across the yard stands straight.

    Correct Answer
    C. The oriole nest rocked back and forth like an empty cradle.
    Explanation
    The sentence "The oriole nest rocked back and forth like an empty cradle" contains a simile because it compares the rocking motion of the oriole nest to that of an empty cradle using the word "like".

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  • 21. 

    Tony stared ______ out the window. He was unhappy about the weather.

    • A.

      Imminent

    • B.

      Sullenly

    • C.

      Serene

    Correct Answer
    B. Sullenly
    Explanation
    Tony stared sullenly out the window. He was unhappy about the weather. This explanation suggests that Tony was looking out the window with a gloomy or resentful expression, indicating his dissatisfaction with the weather.

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  • 22. 

    The vacation brochure had showed ___________ lake, calm and blue.

    • A.

      Blighted

    • B.

      Mar

    • C.

      Serene

    Correct Answer
    C. Serene
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "serene" because it is the only word that accurately describes a calm and peaceful lake, which is what the vacation brochure is portraying. "Blighted" means damaged or spoiled, which does not match the description. "Mar" means to damage or spoil the appearance of something, which also does not fit. "Serene" is the best choice as it perfectly captures the tranquility and blueness of the lake.

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  • 23. 

    Another photograph featured a waterfall that sparkled, ___________ and coloful. 

    • A.

      Iridescent

    • B.

      Imminent

    • C.

      Reiterated

    Correct Answer
    A. Iridescent
    Explanation
    The word "iridescent" means showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles. In the given context, the photograph of the waterfall is described as sparkling and colorful, suggesting that it also exhibits this quality of iridescence.

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  • 24. 

    Here, however, Tony saw nothing but a ______ landscape, brown, bare, and damp.

    • A.

      Blighted

    • B.

      Precariously

    • C.

      Mar

    Correct Answer
    A. Blighted
    Explanation
    The word "blighted" accurately describes the landscape that Tony saw. It suggests that the landscape is damaged or spoiled, possibly due to disease or neglect. The use of words like "brown, bare, and damp" further supports this idea, as these adjectives convey a sense of desolation and decay.

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  • 25. 

    He said to the empty room, "Nothing is going to _______ my vacation! I'm going to enjoy myself, rain or shine."

    • A.

      Doggedness

    • B.

      Mar

    • C.

      Infallibility

    Correct Answer
    B. Mar
    Explanation
    The word "mar" means to impair or spoil something. In the given context, the person is determined to enjoy their vacation regardless of any obstacles or challenges that may come their way. By saying "Nothing is going to mar my vacation!" they are expressing their resilience and determination to not let anything ruin their time off.

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  • 26. 

    The themes of the Scalet Ibis are

    • A.

      Conflict between Love and Pride and The Desire to Make over Others in One's Own Image

    • B.

      Conflict between Love and Hate and Jealousy

    Correct Answer
    A. Conflict between Love and Pride and The Desire to Make over Others in One's Own Image
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Conflict between Love and Pride and The Desire to Make over Others in One's Own Image." This is because the story of "The Scarlet Ibis" revolves around the relationship between two brothers, where the older brother's pride and desire to mold his younger brother into his own image leads to a conflict between their love for each other and the negative consequences of his actions.

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  • 27. 

    Where does The Scarlet Ibis take place?

    • A.

      The Scarlet Ibis" is set in and around Brother's family home in the American North.

    • B.

      The Scarlet Ibis" is set in and around Brother's family home in the American South.

    Correct Answer
    B. The Scarlet Ibis" is set in and around Brother's family home in the American South.
    Explanation
    "The Scarlet Ibis" takes place in and around Brother's family home in the American South. This is evident from the description provided in the question, stating that the story is set in and around Brother's family home in the American South.

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  • 28. 

    The protagonist and the main character in The Scarlet Ibis was

    • A.

      Mom

    • B.

      Brother

    • C.

      Dad

    Correct Answer
    B. Brother
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Brother because throughout the story, the narrator refers to himself as "Brother." He recounts the events of his childhood and his relationship with his younger brother, whom he calls Doodle. The story revolves around the bond between the two brothers and the narrator's feelings of responsibility towards Doodle. The narrator's actions and emotions drive the plot, making him the protagonist and main character of the story.

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  • 29. 

    The Scarlet Ibis takes place during

    • A.

      Civil War

    • B.

      World War I I

    • C.

      World War I

    Correct Answer
    C. World War I
    Explanation
    The correct answer is World War I. This is evident from the context of the question, which asks about the time period in which "The Scarlet Ibis" takes place. The story is set in the early 1900s, and World War I occurred from 1914 to 1918. Therefore, it can be concluded that the events of the story coincide with World War I.

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  • 30. 

    Who wrote The Scarlet Ibis

    • A.

      By O. Henry

    • B.

      By James Hurst

    • C.

      By Roald Dahl

    Correct Answer
    B. By James Hurst

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