The Scarlet Ibis - Final Test (D)

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  • 1. 

    "I pulled the go-cart through the saw-tooth fern, down into the green dimness where the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream.  I lifted him out and set him down in the soft rubber grass beside a tall pine" (Hurst 352). This quote includes the use of TWO literary devices.  State which two literary devices they are and explain why. 

  • 2. 

    "Hope no longer hid in the dark palmetto thicket but perched like a cardinal in the lacy toothbrush tree, brilliantly visible" (Hurst 354). This quote includes the use of TWO literary devices.  State which two literary devices they are and explain why.

  • 3. 

    Describe the family's reaction to the death of the scarlet ibis; how does Doodle treat the ibis differently than his family?  What does this reveal about his character?  Write a one-paragraph response to fully discuss these questions.

  • 4. 

    James Hurst named this story "The Scarlet Ibis" for a reason; who or what does the scarlet ibis symbolize?  Write a one-paragraph response that clearly explains the relationship between the scarlet ibis and who/what it symbolizes.  Use direct evidence from the text to draw at least two comparisons between the two.  

  • 5. 

    Do you blame the narrator for Doodle's death?  Respond in a one-paragraph response that fully explains your argument.

  • 6. 

    "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible, thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death" (Hurst 354).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The given quote states that pride is a "seed that bears two vines, life and death." This comparison of pride to a seed and life and death to vines is an example of a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things without using "like" or "as." In this case, the author is using the metaphor to convey the idea that pride can have both positive and negative consequences, just like a seed can grow into both life and death.

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  • 7. 

    "Keeping a nice secret is very hard to do, like holding your breath" (Hurst 354).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The literary device being used in this quote is a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like" or "as". In this quote, the author is comparing the difficulty of keeping a nice secret to the act of holding one's breath, emphasizing the challenging nature of both actions.

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  • 8. 

    "They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices..." (Hurst 354).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Personification
    Explanation
    The correct answer is personification. Personification is a literary device where human qualities are attributed to non-human entities or objects. In this quote, the speaker personifies pride by stating that it spoke to them louder than all the voices of others. By giving pride the ability to speak, the author is using personification to emphasize the strong influence that pride had on the speaker's actions.

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  • 9. 

    "We decided to double our efforts, to make that last drive and reach our pot of gold" (Hurst 357).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    B. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The given quote uses the literary device of metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things by stating that one thing is another. In this quote, the speaker is comparing their efforts to reach their goal to making a last drive and reaching a pot of gold. This comparison helps to convey the intensity and determination of their efforts.

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  • 10. 

    "...for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers..." (Hurst 359).Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The correct answer is simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using "like" or "as". In this quote, the author is comparing the broken vase to red flowers by saying that it "lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers". The use of the word "like" indicates that a simile is being used to create a vivid image in the reader's mind.

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  • 11. 

    "We shaded our eyes with our hands against the hazy glare of the sun and peered up through the still leaves.  On the top-most branch a bird the size of a chicken, with scarlet feathers and long legs, was perched precariously.  Its wings hung down loosely, and as we watched, a feather dropped away and floated slowly down through the green leaves" (Hurst 358).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Imagery

    Correct Answer
    C. Imagery
    Explanation
    The given quote uses vivid and descriptive language to create a mental image of the scene. The use of phrases like "shaded our eyes," "hazy glare of the sun," "peered up through the still leaves," "bird the size of a chicken," "scarlet feathers," "long legs," and "feather dropped away and floated slowly down through the green leaves" appeals to the reader's senses and helps them visualize the setting and the bird. This use of descriptive language to create a visual image is a key characteristic of imagery.

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  • 12. 

    "It was too late to turn back, for we had both wandered too far into a net of expectations and had left no crumbs behind" (Hurst 357).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is metaphor. This is because the quote is comparing the situation of being unable to turn back to being caught in a net of expectations, using the word "net" to represent the entrapment and difficulty of the situation.

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  • 13. 

    "Daddy, Mama, Doodle, and I were seated at the dining-room table having lunch.  It was a hot day, with all the windows and doors open in case a breeze should come.  In the kitchen Aunt Nicey was humming softly.  After a long silence, Daddy spoke. 'It's so calm, I wouldn't be surprised if we had a storm this afternoon.' " (Hurst 358).  Which literary device is being used in this quote?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    B. Imagery
    Explanation
    The correct answer is imagery. This is because the passage describes the scene in a way that appeals to the reader's senses, creating a vivid mental image of the hot day, the open windows and doors, the soft humming in the kitchen, and the anticipation of a storm in the afternoon.

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