And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman?
Which best describes the syntax?
Truth uses simple syntax to grab the audience’s attention and make a strong point about her own resilience.
Truth uses simple syntax to emphasize the insignificance of the experience she is describing.
Truth uses complex syntax to explain what types of labor she has performed in her lifetime.
Truth uses complex syntax to question whether or not the audience recognizes who she is.
Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake. I will tell you all about our people, and then you can judge whether an Indian is a man or not.
Which central idea of the speech is most supported by this excerpt?
The Nez Perce people seek to preserve their valued
The Nez Perce people hope to reduce conflict between the Indians.
The Nez Perce people adhere strongly to human values and morals.
The Nez Perce people want the new settlers to better understand them.
They told us to treat all men as they treated us; that we should never be the first to break a bargain; that it was a disgrace to tell a lie; that we should speak only the truth; that it was a shame for one man to take from another his wife, or to take his property without paying for it.
What cultural view is most reflected in this quotation?
importance of peace
appreciation for the land
value of tribal traditions
respect for all other people
When the place couldn’t hold no more, the duke he quit tending door and went around the back way and come on to the stage and stood up before the curtain and made a little speech, and praised up this tragedy, and said it was the most thrillingest one that ever was; and so he went on a-bragging about the tragedy, and about Edmund Kean the Elder, which was to play the main principal part in it; and at last when he’d got everybody’s expectations up high enough, he rolled up the curtain, and the next minute the king come a-prancing out on all fours, naked; and he was painted all over, ring-streaked-and-striped, all sorts of colors, as splendid as a rainbow. And—but never mind the rest of his outfit; it was just wild, but it was awful funny.
Which best describes the source of the humor in this excerpt?
the fact that the place was packed
the duke’s speech to the audience
the image of the king performing
the audience’s high expectations
. . . and the next minute the king come a-prancing out on all fours, naked; and he was painted all over, ring-streaked-and-striped, all sorts of colors, as splendid as a rainbow.
What does Twain use to convey how ridiculous the king looked on the second night of the show?
The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
How does the repetition of the word “must” affect the tone of the piece?
The repetition shows that the speaker is concerned about something.
The repetition draws attention to the speaker’s anger.
The repetition suggests that the speaker is intimidating and demanding.
The repetition intensifies the speaker’s sense of urgency.
As Peyton Farquhar fell straight downward through the bridge he lost consciousness and was as one already dead. From this state he was awakened—ages later, it seemed to him—by the pain of a sharp pressure upon his throat, followed by a sense of suffocation.
Which of the following best describes how this quotation develops the theme of the story?
It confirms that Farquhar has not survived the hanging.
It suggests that Farquhar will overtake his captors.
It confirms that Farquhar committed a crime.
It suggests that Farquhar may be alive.
A rising sheet of water curved over him, fell down upon him, blinded him, strangled him! The cannon had taken a hand in the game. As he shook his head free from the commotion of the smitten water he heard the deflected shot humming through the air ahead, and in an instant it was cracking and smashing the branches in the forest beyond.
A whiz and rattle of grapeshot among the branches high above his head roused him from his dream. The baffled cannoneer had fired him a random farewell. He sprang to his feet, rushed up the sloping bank, and plunged into the forest.
As he is about to clasp her he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck; a blinding white light blazes all about him with a sound like the shock of a cannon—then all is darkness and silence!
What function does the motif of the cannon serve throughout the story?
The cannon continually pushes Farquhar to continue his journey through his dream and back to reality.
The cannon encourages Farquhar to investigate whether his escape was a dream or reality.
The cannon reminds Farquhar that time is subjective and encourages him to move quickly in order to reach his home.
The cannon represents Farquhar’s romantic dream that he escaped his execution and will return home.
We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets; that hereafter he will give every man a spirit-home according to his deserts: if he has been a good man, he will have a good home; if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home.
What central idea of the speech is illustrated by this excerpt?
Man should act cautiously because the Great Spirit is not very forgiving.
The way a man chooses to live his life directly affects the quality of his life.
A man will have a much more lavish home if he is good to those around him.
Only those who are good to others will eventually receive a spirit-home.
“All right, then—not a word about any sell. Go along home, and advise everybody to come and see the tragedy.”
Based on the excerpt, the townspeople of Arkansas are afraid of being seen as
Twain is satirizing society’s greed by having Huck’s father return under the pretense of caring for Huck when all he really wants is money.
Twain is satirizing society’s dishonesty by having Huck hide his money to appear as though he is too selfish to share with his own father.
Twain is satirizing society’s disrespect by characterizing Huck as someone who is so rude that he cannot even treat his father with respect.
Twain is satirizing society’s ingratitude by characterizing Huck as someone too selfish to appreciate anything his father has ever done for him.
“It’s so. You can do it. I had my doubts when you told me. Now looky here; you stop that putting on frills. I won’t have it. I’ll lay for you, my smarty; and if I catch you about that school I’ll tan you good. First you know you’ll get religion, too. I never see such a son.”
What do these words by Huck’s father reveal about his character?
He wants Huck to have a better life than he himself had.
He does not believe that Huck will succeed academically.
He believes that education will make Huck feel superior.
He feels that religion is the only subject worthy of study.
Huck narrates the story, which helps readers understand his point of view and his inner thoughts.
Huck’s father narrates the story, which makes it difficult for the reader to grasp Huck’s inner thoughts and feelings.
The story is told in the third person, which creates a sense of detachment between the reader and the characters.
The story is narrated by the “widow,” which helps the reader see Huck as an immature child.
I HAD shut the door to. Then I turned around and there he was. I used to be scared of him all the time, he tanned me so much. I reckoned I was scared now, too; but in a minute I see I was mistaken—that is, after the first jolt, as you may say, when my breath sort of hitched, he being so unexpected; but right away after I see I warn’t scared of him worth bothring about.
Based on the excerpt, which is the most reasonable plot prediction?
Huck will once again start fearing his father.
Huck will confidently face his father.
Huck will refuse to speak to his father.
Huck will be forced to make a choice about his father.
“Well, I’ll learn her how to meddle. And looky here—you drop that school, you hear? I’ll learn people to bring up a boy to put on airs over his own father and let on to be better’n what HE is.”
What is Twain’s most likely intention for employing humor within this quotation?
to portray Huck’s father as educated and helpful
to portray Huck’s father as uneducated and ignorant
to convince the reader that Huck’s father truly wants to help Huck
to convince the reader that Huck’s father has the ability to be funny
He was most fifty, and he looked it. His hair was long and tangled and
greasy, and hung down, and you could see his eyes shining through like he
was behind vines. It was all black, no gray; so was his long, mixed-up
whiskers. There warn’t no color in his face, where his face showed; it
was white; not like another man’s white, but a white to make a body sick,
a white to make a body’s flesh crawl—a tree-toad white, a fish-belly
white. As for his clothes—just rags, that was all. He had one ankle
resting on t’other knee; the boot on that foot was busted, and two of his
toes stuck through, and he worked them now and then. His hat was laying
on the floor—an old black slouch with the top caved in, like a lid.
Which best describes the effect of the narration?
It gives the reader an objective view of Huck’s father.
It foreshadows Huck’s argument with his father.
It helps the reader see Huck’s father through Huck’s eyes.
It distances the reader from Huck and his father
“Starchy clothes—very. You think you’re a good deal of a big-bug, DON’T
“You’re educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you’re better’n your father, now, don’t you, because he can’t?”
“And looky here—you drop that school, you hear? I’ll learn people to bring up a boy to put on airs over his own father and let on to be better’n what HE is.”
“All right. I’ll ask him; and I’ll make him pungle, too, or I’ll know the reason why.
“Don’t you give me none o’ your lip,” says he. “You’ve put on
considerable many frills since I been away. I’ll take you down a peg
before I get done with you. You’re educated, too, they say—can read and
write. You think you’re better’n your father, now, don’t you, because he
can’t? I’LL take it out of you. Who told you you might meddle with such
hifalut’n foolishness, hey?—who told you you could?”
Based on the excerpt, which is the most reasonable plot prediction?
Huck and his father will engage in an altercation.
Huck and his father will have a friendly conversation.
Huck’s father will admit that he is jealous of this son.
Huck’s father will apologize for insulting his son.
It is a detailed description of the conflict between the non-native settlers and the Native Americans.
It is a direct and eloquent plea delivered in Washington for the equal treatment of all Native Americans.
It is a subtle and polite attempt to make peace with those who work for the government.
It is an adamant demand of requirements issued by the Native Americans to the non-native settlers.
The government has misunderstood the wishes of the American Indians.
The government has not even been willing to listen to the American Indians.
The government has made many false promises to the American Indians.
The government can never lessen the pain suffered by the American Indians.
Too many misinterpretations have been made; too many misunderstandings have come up between the white men and the Indians.
Good words do not last long unless they amount to something.
I only ask of the Government to be treated as all other men are treated.
I hope no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people.
Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other then we shall have no more wars. We shall be all alike—brothers of one father and mother, with one sky above us and one country around us and one government for all.
Which cultural view is most clearly expressed in this quote?
Family is vital to survival and extends well beyond tribal boundaries.
Tradition is valuable and should be preserved at all possible costs.
Nature is sacred and all humans should treat it with the utmost respect.
All humans are part of the same world and should be treated as equals.
It discusses the unequal treatment of American Indians by the US government.
It discusses the speaker’s personal discussions with other chiefs.
It describes an interaction between government officials and Chief Joseph.
It describes in detail the spiritual belief system of the chief and his people.
At last I was granted permission to come to Washington and bring my friend Yellow Bull and our interpreter with me. I am glad I came.
I see men of my own race treated as outlaws and driven from country to country, or shot down like animals.
Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.
We shall be all alike — brothers of one father and mother, with one sky above us and one country around us and one government for all.