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Secret Life Of Bees Exam - Quiz

This test will assess your knowledge of the literary elements found in the novel Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Literary elements include but are not limited to: setting, characterization, plot, allusion, symbolism, conflict and historical context. Vocabulary acquisition is also assessed.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is the protagonist of the novel?

    • A.

      T-Ray Owens

    • B.

      August Boatright

    • C.

      May Boatright

    • D.

      Rosaleen

    • E.

      Lily Owens

    Correct Answer
    E. Lily Owens
    Explanation
    Lily Owens is the protagonist of the novel. This can be inferred from the fact that the question asks for the protagonist, and Lily Owens is one of the options given. Since the question does not provide any additional information or context, we can assume that Lily Owens is the main character or central figure in the story.

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  • 2. 

    What significant event happened on July 2, 1964?

    • A.

      The Cilivl Rights Act was signed into law

    • B.

      Martin Luther King was assassinated

    • C.

      The American astronauts landed on the moon

    • D.

      President Johnson was elected into office

    • E.

      President Kennedy was assassinated

    Correct Answer
    A. The Cilivl Rights Act was signed into law
    Explanation
    On July 2, 1964, the significant event that occurred was the signing of the Civil Rights Act into law. This legislation was a landmark achievement in the United States, aiming to end racial segregation and discrimination. It prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and it had a profound impact on promoting equality and civil rights for all Americans.

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  • 3. 

    Lily states her eyes are similar to those of "Sophia Loren's".  The author is using what literary device in this sentence.

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Contrast

    • C.

      Symbolism

    • D.

      Simile

    • E.

      Allusion

    Correct Answer
    E. Allusion
    Explanation
    The correct answer is allusion. In this sentence, Lily compares her eyes to those of "Sophia Loren's", which refers to the famous actress Sophia Loren. This is an allusion because it indirectly references another well-known person or thing, in this case, Sophia Loren, to make a comparison.

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  • 4. 

    Which category of bees would best classifiy the roles of Rosaleen and May?

    • A.

      Castes

    • B.

      Drones

    • C.

      Queens (includes future queens)

    • D.

      Workers

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Workers
    Explanation
    Rosaleen and May can be classified as workers because they are performing tasks such as gathering nectar, building and maintaining the hive, and taking care of the larvae. Workers are the female bees that are responsible for most of the labor in the hive, while drones are male bees whose primary role is to mate with the queen. Queens, on the other hand, are the reproductive females in the colony, including future queens. Therefore, the most appropriate category for Rosaleen and May's roles would be workers.

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  • 5. 

    The setting of the story is in

    • A.

      North Carolina

    • B.

      South Carolina

    • C.

      Luisianna

    • D.

      Mississippi

    • E.

      Florida

    Correct Answer
    B. South Carolina
    Explanation
    The correct answer is South Carolina because the story takes place in this state.

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  • 6. 

    Why is Rosaleen walking into town?

    • A.

      She needs to go grocery shopping

    • B.

      She is visiting Lily's church

    • C.

      She is going to the peach stand where T-Ray works

    • D.

      She is going to register to vote

    • E.

      She is going to catch a bus so she can go visit family

    Correct Answer
    D. She is going to register to vote
    Explanation
    Rosaleen is walking into town to register to vote. This suggests that she wants to exercise her right to participate in the democratic process and have a say in the political affairs of her community or country. Registering to vote is an important step in ensuring that one's voice is heard and that they can actively contribute to shaping the future through elections.

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  • 7. 

    Who was the calander sister who committed suicide when she was a child?

    Correct Answer
    April
  • 8. 

    The person who is against the main character is called the

    • A.

      Antagonist

    • B.

      Protagonist

    • C.

      Foil

    • D.

      Dynamic character

    • E.

      Static character

    Correct Answer
    A. Antagonist
    Explanation
    The person who is against the main character is called the antagonist. In a story, the antagonist is the character or force that opposes the protagonist and creates conflict. They often serve as the main source of opposition and obstacles for the main character, driving the plot forward and adding tension to the narrative. The antagonist can be a person, a group, or even an abstract concept, and their actions and motivations are typically in direct conflict with the goals and desires of the protagonist.

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  • 9. 

    The above picture depicts an example of segregation in the South. What were these segregation laws called?

    Correct Answer
    Jim Crow Laws
    Jim Crow
    jim crow law
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Jim Crow Laws, Jim Crow, jim crow law. These laws were a system of racial segregation and discrimination that were enforced in the Southern United States from the late 19th century until the mid-20th century. They enforced racial segregation in public facilities, schools, transportation, and housing, and denied African Americans basic civil rights and liberties. The term "Jim Crow" originated from a character in a minstrel show, and became synonymous with racial discrimination and oppression.

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  • 10. 

    What is this a picture of? (It was one of your vocabulary words)

    Correct Answer
    perculator
    percolator
    a perculator
    a percolator
    Explanation
    The picture is of a percolator, which is a type of coffee maker that uses gravity to circulate hot water through coffee grounds, resulting in a flavorful brewed coffee. The word "perculator" and "percolator" both refer to the same thing, and "a perculator" and "a percolator" are just different ways of stating the same answer.

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  • 11. 

    June could be characterized as a

    • A.

      Foil

    • B.

      Protagonist

    • C.

      Dynamic character

    • D.

      Epic hero

    • E.

      Comic relief

    Correct Answer
    C. Dynamic character
    Explanation
    June could be characterized as a dynamic character because throughout the story, she undergoes significant changes and development. She starts off as a shy and introverted individual, but as the plot progresses, she becomes more confident and assertive. Her experiences and interactions with other characters shape her personality and beliefs, causing her to evolve and grow. June's transformation from a reserved individual to a more outgoing and self-assured person demonstrates her dynamic nature.

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  • 12. 

    The use of sensory details to create a picture for the reader is called

    Correct Answer
    imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of sensory details such as sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell in writing to create a vivid picture or experience for the reader. By incorporating sensory language and descriptive words, the writer appeals to the reader's senses, making the text more engaging and realistic. This technique helps to evoke emotions, enhance the reader's understanding, and bring the words on the page to life.

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  • 13. 

    Standing there, I loved myself and I hated myself." This is an example of the speaker feeling

    • A.

      Interior dialogue

    • B.

      External conflict

    • C.

      Characterization

    • D.

      Internal conflict

    • E.

      Assonance

    Correct Answer
    D. Internal conflict
    Explanation
    The given statement "Standing there, I loved myself and I hated myself" suggests that the speaker is experiencing conflicting emotions within themselves. They feel both love and hate towards themselves, indicating an internal conflict. This conflict is likely related to their self-perception or inner struggles, rather than a conflict with an external force or another character. The statement does not indicate an interior dialogue, as it does not involve a conversation or communication within the speaker's mind. It also does not demonstrate assonance, which refers to the repetition of vowel sounds in nearby words. Therefore, the correct answer is internal conflict.

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  • 14. 

    All of the following words describe the Queen bee except

    • A.

      Mother

    • B.

      Lady in waiting

    • C.

      Sterile

    • D.

      Egg-laying

    • E.

      Elusive

    Correct Answer
    C. Sterile
    Explanation
    Sterile means unable to bear offspring

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  • 15. 

    "The word (impossibility) is a great big log thrown on the fires of love."The above quote is the an example of what literary device?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Literal language

    • E.

      Onomatopeia

    Correct Answer
    B. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The given quote is an example of a metaphor because it compares the word "impossibility" to a "great big log thrown on the fires of love." It is not meant to be taken literally, but rather to convey the idea that the word "impossibility" can extinguish or hinder love, just as a log thrown on a fire can extinguish it.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following is the food of the gods?

    • A.

      Ambrosia

    • B.

      Honey

    • C.

      Grits

    • D.

      Snuff

    • E.

      Coca Cola and Peanuts

    Correct Answer
    A. Ambrosia
    Explanation
    Ambrosia is considered the food of the gods in Greek mythology. It is often described as a sweet and fragrant substance that grants immortality to those who consume it. In ancient Greek culture, ambrosia was believed to be served to the gods on Mount Olympus, symbolizing their divine nature. The other options, such as honey, grits, snuff, and Coca Cola and Peanuts, do not hold the same mythological significance or association with the gods.

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  • 17. 

    A synonym for parlor is

    • A.

      Kitchen

    • B.

      Sunroom

    • C.

      Porch

    • D.

      Bedroom

    • E.

      Living room

    Correct Answer
    E. Living room
    Explanation
    A parlor is a room in a house where guests are entertained, and it is typically used for socializing and relaxation. Similarly, a living room is also a space in a house where people gather to relax, entertain guests, and spend time together. Therefore, a living room can be considered a synonym for a parlor.

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  • 18. 

    T-Ray is one antagonist from the story. Who is the other character who can be classfied as an antagonist?

    Correct Answer
    June
    Lily
    Explanation
    June and Lily can both be classified as antagonists in the story.

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  • 19. 

    In chapter 14, Lily states that people would rather die than _____________.

    Correct Answer
    forgive
    Explanation
    In chapter 14, Lily states that people would rather die than forgive. This suggests that forgiveness is seen as a difficult or impossible task for some individuals. It implies that holding onto grudges or refusing to let go of past hurts is considered more preferable than extending forgiveness. This statement highlights the emotional weight and significance that forgiveness holds in the story, possibly indicating the deep wounds and pain experienced by the characters.

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  • 20. 

    Who is the foil in the Secret Life of Bees?

    • A.

      Lily

    • B.

      Deborah

    • C.

      Zach

    • D.

      Rosaleen

    Correct Answer
    D. Rosaleen
    Explanation
    In the Secret Life of Bees, Rosaleen serves as the foil character. A foil is a character who contrasts with another character, highlighting their differences. Throughout the story, Rosaleen's strong-willed and outspoken nature contrasts with Lily's timid and reserved personality. Rosaleen's courage and determination to fight for her rights also serve as a stark contrast to Lily's initial passivity. This contrast helps to emphasize Lily's growth and development as she learns from Rosaleen's strength and becomes more independent herself.

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  • 21. 

    Why is Zach arrested?

    • A.

      For going to the movies with Lily

    • B.

      He spills snuff on a white man's shoes

    • C.

      His friend throws a bottle at a white man.

    • D.

      His friend shoots a white man

    Correct Answer
    C. His friend throws a bottle at a white man.
    Explanation
    Zach is arrested because his friend throws a bottle at a white man. This action is considered as an act of violence and assault towards someone based on their race. The act of throwing a bottle at a white man is a criminal offense and can lead to arrest and legal consequences.

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  • 22. 

    How does May commit suicide?

    • A.

      She shoots herself with a gun

    • B.

      She overdoses on pills

    • C.

      She goes into a coma and never wakes

    • D.

      She drowns

    Correct Answer
    D. She drowns
  • 23. 

    Why does June refuse to Mary Neil?

    • A.

      She was jilted by her first fiancee'

    • B.

      She loved her freedom more than she loves her man

    • C.

      She is too consumed with taking care of May

    • D.

      She prefers to stay single and teach

    • E.

      Neil is already married

    Correct Answer
    A. She was jilted by her first fiancee'
    Explanation
    June refuses to marry Neil because she was jilted by her first fiancee'. This means that she was previously engaged to someone who ended the engagement, which likely caused her emotional pain and made her hesitant to enter into another serious relationship.

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  • 24. 

    What does Zach give Lily to remember him by?

    • A.

      His dogtag

    • B.

      A photograph of himself

    • C.

      A journal he has written a story in

    • D.

      A honeybee pendant

    Correct Answer
    A. His dogtag
    Explanation
    Zach gives Lily his dogtag to remember him by. A dogtag is a small metal identification tag that is typically worn on a chain around the neck. By giving her his dogtag, Zach is symbolically giving Lily a piece of himself to hold onto and remember him by. This gesture suggests that he wants to leave a lasting impression on her and wants her to remember their connection even when they are apart.

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  • 25. 

    Lily decides to get rid of some of her things what things did she place on the shelf

    • A.

      Mouse bones

    • B.

      A whale pin

    • C.

      A tortoise shell mirror

    • D.

      A honeybee shaped button

    • E.

      A photo of May and Rosaleen

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Mouse bones
    B. A whale pin
    C. A tortoise shell mirror
    Explanation
    Lily placed mouse bones, a whale pin, and a tortoise shell mirror on the shelf.

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  • 26. 

    The worker bee can lay eggs.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Worker bees are female bees that are typically responsible for tasks such as collecting nectar, building honeycombs, and caring for the queen and her larvae. While their primary role is not to lay eggs, under certain circumstances, worker bees may lay unfertilized eggs, which develop into male bees (drones). This behavior is known as "laying workers" and is usually a response to the absence or loss of a queen bee in the colony. Therefore, it is true that worker bees can lay eggs, although it is not their usual or primary function.

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  • 27. 

    How did T-Ray find Lily in Tiburon? (according to the novel)

    • A.

      He looked for the indent on the map in her bedroom

    • B.

      The police officer saw a "missing poster" identified Lily and called him

    • C.

      T-Ray showed a photograph around town and the man driving the melon truck confessed to giving Lily and Rosaleen a ride into town

    • D.

      He received a telephone bill

    Correct Answer
    D. He received a telephone bill
    Explanation
    T-Ray found Lily in Tiburon by receiving a telephone bill. This suggests that he was able to trace Lily's location through the phone records, possibly by tracking the calls made from her phone or the location of the phone tower used for the calls. This method allowed T-Ray to pinpoint Lily's whereabouts and locate her in Tiburon.

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  • 28. 

    Was Dakota Fanning a star in The Secret Life of Bees?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Dakota Fanning was indeed a star in The Secret Life of Bees.

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  • 29. 

    Before T-Ray left the pinkhouse he confesses a truth to Lily what doe he tell her?

    • A.

      The truth about why her mom left the first time

    • B.

      The truth about who killed her mother

    • C.

      The truth about why she came back the day she died

    • D.

      The truth about Deborah's accidental pregnancy

    Correct Answer
    B. The truth about who killed her mother
  • 30. 

    Where does Lily go at the end of the novel?

    • A.

      Nowhere

    • B.

      Virginia

    • C.

      Sylvan

    • D.

      Florida

    Correct Answer
    A. Nowhere
    Explanation
    Lily goes nowhere at the end of the novel. This suggests that she remains in the same place or state as she was before, without any significant change or progression. It could imply that Lily's journey or development throughout the novel has been stagnant or unfulfilled.

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  • 31. 

    In The Secret Life of Bees, a leading role is played by...

    • A.

      Alliyah

    • B.

      Jennifer Hudson

    • C.

      John Trovolta

    • D.

      Tom Hanks

    • E.

      Marcia Gay Harden

    Correct Answer
    B. Jennifer Hudson
    Explanation
    In The Secret Life of Bees, Jennifer Hudson plays a leading role.

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  • 32. 

    The following is a picture of students forming a _________ __________:

    Correct Answer
    conga line
    Explanation
    The picture shows a group of students forming a conga line. A conga line is a type of dance formation where participants form a single file line and dance in a specific pattern, often with their hands on the hips of the person in front of them. The participants typically move in a forward and backward motion, following the rhythm of the music. In the picture, the students are seen holding onto each other's waists or shoulders, suggesting that they are indeed forming a conga line.

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  • 33. 

    Complete the following sentence from the choruse "Oh Susanna!" Oh, Susanna, don't you cry for me I come from Alabama, With my a ________ on my knee

    Correct Answer
    banjo
    Explanation
    The missing word in the sentence is "banjo". This is evident from the context of the sentence where the speaker mentions coming from Alabama and having something on their knee. In the song "Oh Susanna!", it is a well-known line that the speaker comes from Alabama with a banjo on their knee.

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