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The government planes that shoot the birds are..

unsuccessful and crash into the sea.

Which of the following statements best explains Jim's reaction to he birds?

He is not interested.

What is the weather like during the autumn before the attack, and what does it signify?

The mild autumn signifies that nature can turn dangerous unexpectedly.

Nat is the only person who takes adequate precautions against the birds because..

he has been through a war and knows the danger of not being prepared.

The lack of smoke from neighbors' chimneys suggests that the neighbors..

will be found dead.

When the BBC radio announcements fail to come over the air, what could you conclude has happened in the cities and towns?

The birds have attacked the cities, causing vast destruction and turmoil.

Which eveidence best supports the prediction that Nat & his family could survive the attack by the birds?

Nat deals with each crisis and continues to make plans and strategies.

At the beginning of the story, references to the birds being restless & agitated foreshadow the birds..

frenzy to attack.

The cold, black ground early in the story foreshadows..

the deaths of characters.

personality or temperament

disposition

calm; uncontrolled

placid

fearful

apprehensive

too bright

garish

described in detail;narrated

recounted

gloomy

sullen

stealthily as if to avoid being seen or heard

furtively

extremely important; urgent

imperative

irritable and disconnected

fretful

skillful in a quick sure and easy way

deft

the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later

foreshadowing

a kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were human

personification

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