Literature exam: 700817rr – the short story, part 2

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Questions 1 to 20: Select the best answer to each question. Note that a question and its answers may be split across a page break, so be sure that you have seen the entire question and all the answers before choosing an answer.


1. In “Young Goodman Brown,” what is meant by “a hoary corpse”?

A.  A respected person

B.   A lonely man

C.  A promiscuous person

D.  An extremely old dead body


2. Twain’s account of Colonel Rall’s speech (“full of gunpowder and glory”) is contrasted most vividly to the Marion Ranger’s collective remorse over

A.  following Captain Lyman into a trap.

B.   rebuffing Dunlap’s wise advice.

C.  the shooting of an unarmed rider.

D.  the strange affair at “Camp Desolation.”


3. In “Young Goodman Brown,” the allegorical meaning of Faith’s pink ribbons is

A.  betrayal.

B.   Femininity.

C.  daylight.

D.  Virtue.


4. Studying the plot elements in “A Pair of Silk Stockings,” you might reasonably conclude that the essence of her story

A.  reflects the despair of daily life.

B.   is found in its sensual descriptions.

C.  emphasizes the hardship of poverty.

D.  is identical to Paul’s in “Paul’s Case.”


5. Which one of the following words best describes Goodman Brown at the end of Hawthorne’s story?

A.  Despairing

B.   Safe

C.  Innocent

D.  Relieved


6. In the story “Paul’s Case,” why is Paul irritated and wretched after the concert?

A.  His real life is so different from his dream.

B.   He has seen his English teacher.

C.  He has to walk home in the rain.

D.  He has spoken with the singer.


7. An author’s purpose in using rhetoric is to

A.  separate realism from idealism.

B.   create a certain effect for the reader.

C.  present facts as they really are.

D.  provide hints as to what’s going to happen.


8. In “Young Goodman Brown,” Hawthorne reveals his feelings about his Puritan ancestors when

A.  the dark man reveals that he helped Brown’s forebears persecute others.

B.   Brown strives to resist his dark mission.

C.  Faith expresses her anxieties about young Brown’s departure.

D.  Brown discovers his catechism teacher is on speaking terms with the Devil.


9. In “Paul’s Case,” why does Paul go to work early?

A.  He didn’t want to get caught skipping school.

B.   He liked looking at the pictures in the art gallery.

C.  He wanted to wrestle with the other boys.

D.  He didn’t want to lose his job.


10. Paul’s tattered clothes are a symbol of his

A.  economic circumstances.

B.   desire to insult the faculty.

C.  unconcern about what he looked like.

D.  rebellious nature.


11. An individuated character is one who

A.  is able to be identified with the audience.

B.   has a series of epiphanies.

C.  is a symbol for some characteristic.

D.  has his or her own unique history and personality.


12. In Twain’s “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed,” Smith, the blacksmith’s apprentice, is given “ultimate credit” for

A.  earning the rank of sergeant.

B.   being killed in battle.

C.  keeping the group trained and ready for battle.

D.  naming the militia group’s encampments.


13. The wicked witch and the big bad wolf are examples of

A.  anecdotes.

B.   archetypes.

C.  protagonists.

D.  dynamic characters.


14. According to the analyses of the stories you were asked to read, “A Pair of Silk Stockings” best represents literary

A.  realism.

B.   symbolism.

C.  allegory.

D.  escapism.


15. What is the climax in Willa Cather’s short story “Paul’s Case”?

A.  Paul meets the boy from Yale.

B.   Paul reads about his theft in the newspaper.

C.  Paul jumps in front of the train.

D.  Paul takes the train to New York.




16. At the beginning of “Young Goodman Brown,” Brown’s wife says, “Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year” (1). This statement is an example of

A.  ambiguity.

B.   foreshadowing.

C.  irony.

D.  satire.


17. In “A Pair of Silk Stockings,” the silk stockings are a symbol of

A.  Mrs. Sommers’s selfish needs.

B.   Mrs. Sommers’s inability to handle money.

C.  Mrs. Sommers’s desire for attention.

D.  Mrs. Sommers’s lack of concern for her children.


18. What author saw hypocrisy in the lives of the Puritans?

A.  Willa Cather

B.   Mark Twain

C.  Nathaniel Hawthorne

D.  Kate Chopin


19. Which one of the following short stories takes a series of completely ordinary events and develops them into a character study?

A.  “A Private History of a Campaign That Failed”

B.   “Paul’s Case”

C.  “A Pair of Silk Stockings”

D.  “Young Goodman Brown”


20. In “Paul’s Case,” the story suggests that Paul’s “dark corner” represents his

A.  destiny as a misfit.

B.   fear of his father.

C.  contempt for authority.

D.  homosexual orientation.

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