This Is A Quiz On Searching For Summer, A Short Story By Joan Aiken

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This is a quiz on Searching for Summer, a short story by Joan Aiken, and a poem by Mary Oliver called "The Sun", as well as characterization. If you have read the book try out this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What color was Lily's wedding dress, and why did she wear this particular color?

    • A.

      Purple; she wanted to feel like royalty

    • B.

      White; she wanted to symbolize her purity

    • C.

      Yellow; she wanted to bring sunlight into her wedding day

    Correct Answer
    C. Yellow; she wanted to bring sunlight into her wedding day
    Explanation
    Lily wore a yellow wedding dress because she wanted to bring sunlight into her wedding day. This suggests that she wanted her special day to be filled with brightness and positivity, as sunlight is often associated with happiness and warmth. The choice of yellow may also symbolize optimism and joy, reflecting Lily's desire to have a joyful and radiant wedding celebration.

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  • 2. 

    What were Lily and Tom's motivation for finding sunlight?

    • A.

      Good luck

    • B.

      Happiness

    • C.

      Birth

    Correct Answer
    A. Good luck
    Explanation
    Lily and Tom's motivation for finding sunlight was good luck. They believed that by finding sunlight, they would bring good luck into their lives. They may have had superstitious beliefs or cultural traditions that associated sunlight with positive outcomes or fortune.

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  • 3. 

    What was Mr. Noakes' motivation for finding sunlight?

    • A.

      Money

    • B.

      Death

    • C.

      Happiness

    Correct Answer
    A. Money
    Explanation
    Mr. Noakes' motivation for finding sunlight was money. This suggests that he was driven by financial gain and had a monetary incentive for his search. It implies that he believed there was a potential financial benefit or opportunity associated with finding sunlight.

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  • 4. 

    Mr. Noakes was a friendly, older gentleman who often helped his neighbors.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The passage states that Mr. Noakes was a friendly, older gentleman who often helped his neighbors. Therefore, the correct answer is False because the statement contradicts the information given.

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  • 5. 

    An appropriate theme for this story would be:

    • A.

      Be optimistic and nurture happiness

    • B.

      Don't be afraid of death

    • C.

      Money is the root of all evil

    Correct Answer
    A. Be optimistic and nurture happiness
    Explanation
    The theme of "be optimistic and nurture happiness" is appropriate for this story because it suggests that the story promotes a positive outlook and emphasizes the importance of cultivating happiness. This theme implies that the story may focus on characters overcoming challenges and finding joy in their lives. It suggests that the story may encourage readers to embrace optimism and actively seek out happiness in their own lives.

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  • 6. 

    Which character from "Searching for Summer" can we compare to the following lines from Mary Oliver's poem, "The Sun": "or have you too/gone crazy/ for power,/ for things?"

    • A.

      Tom

    • B.

      Mrs. Hatching

    • C.

      Mr. Noakes

    Correct Answer
    C. Mr. Noakes
    Explanation
    In "Searching for Summer," Mr. Noakes can be compared to the lines from Mary Oliver's poem, "The Sun," which suggest going crazy for power and material possessions. Mr. Noakes is portrayed as a character who is obsessed with accumulating wealth and possessions, often at the expense of others. He is driven by a desire for power and materialistic pursuits, similar to the theme expressed in the lines from the poem.

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  • 7. 

    Please type the correct way to write and punctuate: searching for summer.

    Correct Answer
    "Searching for Summer"
    Explanation
    The correct way to write and punctuate the phrase "searching for summer" is "Searching for Summer." The capitalization of the first letter in each word is appropriate for a title or heading. The use of quotation marks around the phrase indicates that it is a title or a specific phrase being referenced. The correct punctuation with the capitalization helps to convey the intended meaning and format of the phrase.

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