Secret Life Of Bees Exam

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Secret Life Of Bees Exam

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.


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  • 1. 
    Who is the protagonist of the novel?
    • A. 

      T-Ray Owens

    • B. 

      August Boatright

    • C. 

      May Boatright

    • D. 

      Rosaleen

    • E. 

      Lily Owens

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 5. 
    The setting of the story is in
    • A. 

      North Carolina

    • B. 

      South Carolina

    • C. 

      Luisianna

    • D. 

      Mississippi

    • E. 

      Florida

  • 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

  • 7. 
    Who was the calander sister who committed suicide when she was a child?
  • 8. 
    The person who is against the main character is called the
    • A. 

      Antagonist

    • B. 

      Protagonist

    • C. 

      Foil

    • D. 

      Dynamic character

    • E. 

      Static character

  • 9. 
    The above picture depicts an example of segregation in the South. What were these segregation laws called?
  • 10. 
    What is this a picture of? (It was one of your vocabulary words)
  • 11. 
    June could be characterized as a
    • A. 

      Foil

    • B. 

      Protagonist

    • C. 

      Dynamic character

    • D. 

      Epic hero

    • E. 

      Comic relief

  • 12. 
    The use of sensory details to create a picture for the reader is called
  • 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

  • 14. 
    All of the following words describe the Queen bee except
    • A. 

      Mother

    • B. 

      Lady in waiting

    • C. 

      Sterile

    • D. 

      Egg-laying

    • E. 

      Elusive

  • 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

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is the food of the gods?
    • A. 

      Ambrosia

    • B. 

      Honey

    • C. 

      Grits

    • D. 

      Snuff

    • E. 

      Coca Cola and Peanuts

  • 17. 
    A synonym for parlor is
    • A. 

      Kitchen

    • B. 

      Sunroom

    • C. 

      Porch

    • D. 

      Bedroom

    • E. 

      Living room

  • 18. 
    T-Ray is one antagonist from the story. Who is the other character who can be classfied as an antagonist?
  • 19. 
    In chapter 14, Lily states that people would rather die than _____________.
  • 20. 
    Who is the foil in the Secret Life of Bees?
    • A. 

      Lily

    • B. 

      Deborah

    • C. 

      Zach

    • D. 

      Rosaleen

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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