"The Scarlet Ibis" Quick Quiz

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"The Scarlet Ibis" Quick Quiz

This quick quiz is to assess your understanding of the story thus far, as well as your ability to detect the use of literary devices.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    “There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at times I was mean to Doodle” (353). Analyze this quote to explain its meaning out of context of the story; then, give one example from the text to illustrate how the narrator was mean to Doodle.
  • 2. 
    "That pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices" (355). Analyze this quote, using it to explain why the narrator cries when Doodle's family congratulates him for teaching Doodle how to walk.
  • 3. 
    The narrator claims that people in Doodle's stories "all had wings and flew wherever they wanted to go" (356). Explain what the people in Doodle's stories might symbolize.
  • 4. 
    Why didn't Doodle's parents name him until he was three months old?
    • A. 

      They couldn't think of the right name.

    • B. 

      They expected him to die.

    • C. 

      They decided to let him choose his own name when grew old enough.

  • 5. 
    Which two adjectives best describe how the narrator feels about his brother?
    • A. 

      Disappointed and frustrated.

    • B. 

      Caring and protective.

    • C. 

      Indifferent and negligent.

  • 6. 
    Which TWO literary devices are used in the following quote: "He might, as long as he lived, lie on the rubber sheet in the center of the bed in the front bedroom where the white marquisette curtains billowed out in the afternoon sea breeze, rustling like palmetto fronds" (351).
    • A. 

      Imagery and personification

    • B. 

      Simile and personification

    • C. 

      Imagery and simile

  • 7. 
    The following quote uses an example of which literary device? "He'd push himself up...and finally collapse back onto the bed like an old worn-out doll" (351).
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Simile

    • C. 

      Personification

  • 8. 
    What does the narrator teach his brother to do?
    • A. 

      Walk

    • B. 

      Fish

    • C. 

      Climb trees

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