"The Great Rat Hunt" Memoir Reading Comp And Vocabulary Test

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  • 1. 

    What happens to the rat at the end of the memoir?  Why does the story end this way?  What does the way the story ended tell us, as readers, about that part of the story?

  • 2. 

    Using AT LEAST 2 VOCABULARY WORDS (capitalize the VW in your writing), explain --in a well written paragraph ---- what makes "The Great Rat Hunt" a MEMOIR and how the video "China Town" relates to and connects with this memoir.  (think back to your memoir/video connection paper you wrote!!!)    List of Vocabulary Words found below!!!  (you MAY use any form/tense of the word!!!) 1.  barricade2.  rationalize3.  wince4.  perpetual5.  improvised6.  reserve7.  vigilant8.  ravage9.  ineptitude10.  brusquely  

  • 3. 

    Name AT LEAST 2 things you learned or read about in the Level Up Activities with this memoir on either CONFLICT, CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, and/or VERB TENSE  (these things should be stated within the Level-Up Activity!!) 

  • 4. 

    If something is in PERPETUAL motion --what type of motion is happening?

    • A.

      Coming to a slow stop

    • B.

      Moving very quickly

    • C.

      Continuing without interruption

    • D.

      Moving in a very slow manner

    Correct Answer
    C. Continuing without interruption
    Explanation
    If something is in perpetual motion, it means that it is continuing without interruption. Perpetual motion refers to a state where an object or system keeps moving indefinitely without any external force or energy input. It suggests a continuous and uninterrupted motion that does not slow down or come to a stop.

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  • 5. 

    Rationalize means to

    • A.

      To believe that you're right, regardless of the situation you find yourself up against

    • B.

      To tell a story about a past episodic event

    • C.

      Admit how you are feeling and do it in an emotional sort of way

    • D.

      Offer explanations for your behavior

    Correct Answer
    D. Offer explanations for your behavior
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "offer explanations for your behavior." Rationalizing refers to providing justifications or reasons for one's actions or behavior. It involves explaining or defending one's choices or decisions in order to make them seem more reasonable or acceptable. It is a way of making sense of one's behavior by providing logical or plausible explanations for it.

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  • 6. 

    If someone has a great deal of RESERVE in his/her actions and/or reactions to things.....it means....

    • A.

      He or she can easily recognize a character flaw in others

    • B.

      He or she has a bunch of self-control which is shown in a composed (calm) sort of way

    • C.

      He or she has made a reservation in advance

    • D.

      She or he withholds information from others quite often

    Correct Answer
    B. He or she has a bunch of self-control which is shown in a composed (calm) sort of way
    Explanation
    Having a great deal of reserve in one's actions and reactions means that the person possesses a high level of self-control. This self-control is demonstrated through a composed and calm demeanor. The individual is able to regulate their emotions and responses, maintaining a sense of composure even in challenging situations.

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  • 7. 

    If a friend answers you in a BRUSQUE manner....it means

    • A.

      He or she was disheartened by the way his friend acted

    • B.

      He or she was answering in a sudden and discourteous way

    • C.

      He or she was acting in a cowardly way

    • D.

      He or she was happy to answer and took a long time in doing so

    Correct Answer
    B. He or she was answering in a sudden and discourteous way
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "he or she was answering in a sudden and discourteous way." This means that the friend responded abruptly and rudely, without showing any politeness or consideration in their reply.

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  • 8. 

    What GENRE would a MEMOIR (like "The Great Rat Hunt") be?

    • A.

      Fiction

    • B.

      Poetry

    • C.

      Non-fiction

    • D.

      Drama

    Correct Answer
    C. Non-fiction
    Explanation
    A memoir, like "The Great Rat Hunt," would be classified as non-fiction because it is a written account of someone's personal experiences and memories. Non-fiction refers to literature that is based on real events, people, and facts, rather than being fictional or imaginary. In this case, "The Great Rat Hunt" is likely a true story or recollection of events, making it a non-fiction genre.

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  • 9. 

    Yep's father's actions (throughout the memoir) concerning the rat tell you that he was a man who...........

    • A.

      Loved guns

    • B.

      Disliked losing

    • C.

      Hated all animals

    • D.

      Got angry easily

    Correct Answer
    B. Disliked losing
    Explanation
    Throughout the memoir, Yep's father's actions regarding the rat indicate that he was a man who disliked losing. He becomes determined to catch the rat and takes various measures to do so, such as setting traps and staying up all night. His persistence and refusal to give up suggest that he has a strong aversion to losing and is willing to go to great lengths to achieve his goal of catching the rat.

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  • 10. 

    Which is meant by chronological order?

    • A.

      The statements put together in a way you can best understand them

    • B.

      The arrangement of things in the order of which they happen

    • C.

      The arrangement of things put together in the best way for the story

    • D.

      The statements made up of quotations

    Correct Answer
    B. The arrangement of things in the order of which they happen
    Explanation
    Chronological order refers to the arrangement of things or events in the order in which they occur or happened. It is a sequential arrangement that follows a timeline, allowing for a clear understanding of the progression of events. This helps to establish a logical and coherent flow of information, making it easier for the reader or audience to comprehend and follow the narrative or story.

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  • 11. 

    What important lesson did Yep learn from his Father?

    • A.

      Trophies show others that you are a successful person

    • B.

      People who have asthma have limits to their success

    • C.

      To be successful in the U. S. you must be forceful.

    • D.

      To be successful, you must find an area in which you excel.

    Correct Answer
    D. To be successful, you must find an area in which you excel.
    Explanation
    Yep learned from his father that in order to be successful, he must find an area in which he excels. This implies that success is not solely determined by external factors such as trophies or forcefulness, but rather by identifying and developing one's own strengths and talents. This lesson highlights the importance of self-discovery and personal growth in achieving success.

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  • 12. 

    Which word tells you the chronological  order in this excerpt from the memoir?   “Father pulled a lever near the middle  of the gun. ‘Next, make sure the rifle is  empty.’” 

    • A.

      Pulled

    • B.

      Near

    • C.

      Next

    • D.

      Father

    Correct Answer
    C. Next
    Explanation
    The word "Next" tells you the chronological order in this excerpt. It indicates that after Father pulled the lever near the middle of the gun, the next step is to make sure the rifle is empty.

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  • 13. 

    What conflict did Yep have in regards to  his father and sports?  

    • A.

      Yep was way too young to play and could only watch

    • B.

      Father was wanting Yep to practice instead of study for school.

    • C.

      Yep didn't like playing and wanted to watch instead.

    • D.

      Yep had asthma and was unable to be involved in sports.

    Correct Answer
    D. Yep had asthma and was unable to be involved in sports.
    Explanation
    Yep had asthma and was unable to be involved in sports. This is evident from the statement that Yep was too young to play and could only watch, and also from the fact that Yep didn't like playing and wanted to watch instead. Asthma would have limited his ability to participate in sports and engage in physical activities.

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  • 14. 

    When Yep says that Father “preferred to speak by his actions,” he means that  Father  .....   

    • A.

      Spoke only in Chinese when he was worried about something

    • B.

      Talked only while he worked

    • C.

      Talked a bunch about what he did and what happened in the past

    • D.

      Did things to show his feelings without explaining himself

    Correct Answer
    D. Did things to show his feelings without explaining himself
    Explanation
    Father preferred to communicate through his actions rather than using words to explain himself or express his feelings. Instead of talking about what he did or what happened in the past, he would demonstrate his emotions through his actions. This means that he would do things to show his feelings without providing verbal explanations.

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  • 15. 

    What made the great rat hunt special for Yep?    

    • A.

      Yep had trouble breathing so causing another creature to be in the same boat made him feel better.

    • B.

      Yep learned about his father's past and that made him feel closer to and better about his relationship to his dad.

    • C.

      Mother and Eddy got mad at Father and Yep and didn't understand why they were using a rifle

    • D.

      Father realized that Yep was not good at sports

    Correct Answer
    B. Yep learned about his father's past and that made him feel closer to and better about his relationship to his dad.
    Explanation
    Yep learned about his father's past during the great rat hunt, which made him feel closer to and better about his relationship with his dad. This suggests that discovering his father's past was a significant and meaningful experience for Yep during the hunt.

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  • 16. 

    The rat trophy was important to Yep because it meant that    

    • A.

      The rat was gone and all was well in the apartment again

    • B.

      Father loved Yep, and he finally knew he was important to his dad

    • C.

      Yep played a sport and finally felt good about himself

    • D.

      Yep had killed the rat and his fear didn't take over him

    Correct Answer
    B. Father loved Yep, and he finally knew he was important to his dad
    Explanation
    The rat trophy was important to Yep because it symbolized his father's love and acceptance. By receiving the trophy, Yep felt validated and recognized by his dad, which helped him realize his importance in his father's eyes.

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  • 17. 

    To  WINCE  is to    

    • A.

      Wink numerous times

    • B.

      Cry out with lots of tears

    • C.

      Flinch and grimace in distress

    • D.

      Cause happiness

    Correct Answer
    C. Flinch and grimace in distress
    Explanation
    WINCE means to flinch and grimace in distress. It is a verb that describes a physical reaction to pain, fear, or discomfort. When someone winces, they involuntarily draw back or make a face in response to something unpleasant or painful. This reaction is often accompanied by a feeling of discomfort or distress.

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  • 18. 

    What does  ravage  mean?     

    • A.

      To cause serious damage

    • B.

      To have a nervous reaction

    • C.

      To offer silent acceptance

    • D.

      To have a proud achievement

    Correct Answer
    A. To cause serious damage
    Explanation
    The word "ravage" means to cause serious damage. It implies destruction, devastation, or ruin. When something ravages, it inflicts severe harm or destruction, often leaving a place or object in a state of ruin or disarray.

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  • 19. 

    What was Yep's most important lesson learned in this memoir?

    • A.

      That rats are sometimes difficult to get rid of when they're in your apartment

    • B.

      That trophies are critical parts of life

    • C.

      To be successful, you must be forceful and watch out for yourself

    • D.

      To be successful, you must find an area in which you excel

    Correct Answer
    D. To be successful, you must find an area in which you excel
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the most important lesson learned in the memoir is that to be successful, one must find an area in which they excel. This implies that the memoir likely focuses on the author's journey towards success and highlights the importance of identifying and leveraging one's strengths to achieve their goals.

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  • 20. 

    In the sentence, "Sam's ineptitude in math was extremely evident to his math teacher,"  what does the INEPTITUDE mean?

    • A.

      Is considered an expert in math

    • B.

      Has a feeling of insecurity in the subject because he/she is not able to count well.

    • C.

      Has a difficult time with the subject because of an inability of skill with/in it.

    • D.

      Has a lack of confidence in regards to the subject.

    Correct Answer
    C. Has a difficult time with the subject because of an inability of skill with/in it.
    Explanation
    The word "ineptitude" refers to a lack of skill or ability. In the given sentence, it suggests that Sam struggles with math because he lacks the necessary skills or ability in the subject. This is supported by the phrase "extremely evident to his math teacher," indicating that Sam's difficulties in math are noticeable and apparent to his teacher.

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  • 21. 

    In a memoir, a reader could almost always expect to see/read about ________________.

    • A.

      Hope and joy and belief in the future

    • B.

      Sadness and tears and events from memories

    • C.

      Historical events along with memories of those events

    • D.

      Science fiction episodes tied in with memories of the events

    Correct Answer
    C. Historical events along with memories of those events
    Explanation
    In a memoir, the reader can typically expect to see or read about historical events along with the author's memories of those events. Memoirs are personal accounts of someone's life experiences, and they often include reflections on significant events from the past. By intertwining historical events with their own memories, memoirists provide a unique perspective on both personal and broader historical contexts. This combination allows readers to gain insight into the author's life and the historical period in which they lived.

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  • 22. 

    Yep's father predicted (though he wasn't aware he was doing so at the time) Yep's future career when he paid Yep a compliment and ..........

    • A.

      Told Yep that he needed to be tough, not stupid

    • B.

      Let Yep know that he cared and supported him

    • C.

      Showed Yep how to load and shoot the rifle

    • D.

      Said that Yep had an excellent way with words

    Correct Answer
    D. Said that Yep had an excellent way with words
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "said that Yep had an excellent way with words". This answer is supported by the statement that Yep's father predicted his future career when he paid him a compliment. This implies that Yep's father recognized his talent for words and believed that it would lead to a successful career.

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  • 23. 

    What CONFLICT did Yep have in regards to sports and his dad?

    • A.

      He hated playing sports and didn't like the way his dad loved to watch Eddy play!

    • B.

      He had asthma so couldn't play sports and felt his dad enjoyed Eddy more.

    • C.

      Yep was too young to play and felt left out as he watched Eddy and his dad practice.

    • D.

      Yep was struggling in school and his dad made him study instead of joining Eddy and his dad as they practiced.

    Correct Answer
    B. He had asthma so couldn't play sports and felt his dad enjoyed Eddy more.
    Explanation
    Yep had asthma, which prevented him from playing sports. This created a conflict for him because he felt that his dad enjoyed watching his brother, Eddy, play sports more than spending time with him.

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  • 24. 

     Which event occurred in chronologicalorder immediately following the failedextermination of the rat?

    • A.

      Dad sat out rat poison and pellets in an effort to get rid of the rat from the store

    • B.

      Dad went out of the house and came back with a rifle from Henry Loo

    • C.

      Yep ran from the room in utter fear of the big toothed rat and then his father ran after him

    • D.

      Pete Wong fumigated the apartment and the store

    Correct Answer
    B. Dad went out of the house and came back with a rifle from Henry Loo
    Explanation
    After the failed extermination of the rat, the next event that occurred in chronological order was Dad going out of the house and returning with a rifle from Henry Loo.

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  • 25. 

      The conflict that Yep faced when helearned that his father’s trophies meantmore than being good at sports was thatYep....... 

    • A.

      Felt even more clumsy and useless because he couldn't get trophies like that

    • B.

      Believed that his father couldn't love him because he couldn't get sports trophies

    • C.

      Understood that he would be bad at hunting

    • D.

      Wondered if they would catch the rat

    Correct Answer
    B. Believed that his father couldn't love him because he couldn't get sports trophies
    Explanation
    Yep believed that his father couldn't love him because he couldn't get sports trophies. This suggests that Yep equated his worth and his father's love with the ability to win trophies in sports. He felt inadequate and unlovable because he couldn't meet this expectation set by his father. This conflict highlights the pressure and emotional impact of parental expectations on a child's self-esteem and sense of belonging.

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