8th Grade Reading Quiz Review for Semester Exam

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My father did not consider it so grim--but perhaps he did not want to dishearten the others or rub salt in their wounds.


They went by, fallen, dragging their packs, dragging their lives, deserting their homes, the years of their childhood, cringing like beaten dogs.


It was like a page torn from some story book, from some historical novel about the captivity of Babylon or the Spanish Inquisition.


It was like a page torn from some story book, from some historical novel about the captivity of Babylon or the Spanish Inquisition.


Monday passed like a small summer cloud, like a dream in the first daylight hours.


The stars were only sparks of the fire which devoured us. Should that fire die out one day, there would be nothing left in the sky but dead stars, dead eyes.


Standing in the middle of the wagon, in the pale light from the windows, she looked like a withered tree in a cornfield.


"Jews, listen to me! I can see a fire! There are huge flames! It is a furnace!"


We were so many dried-up trees in the heart of a desert.


He looked us over as if we were a pack of leprous dogs hanging onto our lives.




The head of our tent was a German. An assassin's face, fleshy lips, hands like a wolf's paws.


The dentist, a Jew from Czechoslovakia, had a face like a death mask.


Bite your lip, little brother...Don't cry. Keep your anger and hatred for another day, for later on. The day will come, but not now...Wait. Grit your teeth and wait..."


Many years later, in Paris, I was reading my paper in the Metro. Facing me was a very beautiful woman with black hair and dreamy eyes. I had seen those eyes before somewhere. It was she.


At first my father crouched under the blows, then he broke in two, like a dry tree struck by lightning, and collapsed.


Within a few minutes, the camp looked like an abandoned ship.


A man appeared, crawling like a worm in the direction of the cauldrons.


Jealousy consumed us, burned us up like straw.


A command cleft the air like a sword.


German soldiers--with their steel helmets, and their emblem, the death's head.

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