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What is the Earth according to "How the World was Made?"

A great Island floating in a sea of water.

What was the last type of creature to populate the earth in "How the World was Made?"


In The Way to Rainy Mountain, what is the Kiowa's creation myth?

They entered the world through a hollow log.

In the Way to Rainy Mountain, what was the author's grandma doing the last time he saw her?

Praying at her bedside.

What is the main idea of The Way to Rainy Mountain?

In honor of the authors grandmother.

Describe the leopard's attitude toward how the animals should live.

They should all work together.

What does the dog give up at the end of How the Leopard Got His Claws?

his Freedom

In The Summer of Black Widows, what are spiders compared to?


Who knows what the Spiders really represent?


What is the primary purpose of The Iroquois Constitution?

To ensure that the five nations rule together in peace

What is the significance of the word restoration in the title of, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson?

She was restored of her life after escaping Wampanoag.

During the time Mary Rowlandson was with the Native Americans, what brought her the most comfort?

Reading her Bible.

What skill does Mary Rowlandson use in order to obtain food?


In "La Relacion," what does de Vaca use to differentiate between his men and the Native Americans?

He calls his men Christians.

From who's point of view is "La Relacion" written?

De Vaca

What is Equiano referring to when he write about the ship's "cargo?"

African Slaves.

Who paid for the original capture of Olaudah Equiano?

Fellow Black Men.

What is the main idea of Anne Bradstreet's poem "Upon the Burning of Our House?"

She's lost her earthly home, but God has a home even better for her in heaven.

What is Bradstreet's attitude toward her husband in, "To My Dear and Loving Husband?"

She loves him very much.

Why did Franklin include aphorisms in Poor Richard's Almanac?

He wanted to give some good advice

In The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, what events occur after he leaves Dr. Brown's house?

Missed boat, Bought gingerbread, Got on a boat to Philadelphia, bought biscuits, slept in the Quaker meeting house.

In "The Pit and the Pendulum," whom does the narrator enlist to help him out of his dire predicament?


In "The Raven," who does the main character first think is at his door?

An unexpected guest

In "The Raven," what does the speaker call the raven?


Name two famous stories written by Washington Irving with initials, LSH and RVW.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle

What is a termagent, and what character in "The Devil and Tom Walker" is described as one?

Quarrelsome, Scolding Woman. Tom's wife.

According to the devil's instructions, what career does Tom Walker take up?

Useuer (Loan Shark)

Define Transcendentalism.

Optimism, Self-Reliance, Intuition, and Idealism.

Who is considered the father of Transcendentalism?

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In RWE's essay "Nature," who does he believe sees nature best?


What is the main theme of Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance?"

Never conform.

Why did Thoreau undertake his experiment in living at Walden Pond?

To live deliberately.

How long did Thoreau live at Walden Pond?

2 years, 2 months, 2 days

What literary device is suggested by Thoreau's statement that "Time is but the stream I go a fishing in"?


What is the title of the book of verse written by Whitman? (1st Published in 1855)

Leaves of Grass

What transcendentalist praised Whitman's volume of poetry when he wrote that it was "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed?"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

About how many poems did Emily Dickinson write?


How many of Dickinson's poems were published in her lifetime?

Less than 10.

By what sobriquet is Dickinson known?

The Bell of Amherst.

How did Dickinson's poems differ from those written by most other American poets of the time?

Used Slant Rhyme. Unconventional Punctuation. Capitalize words that didn't need it.

What literary device is used in the line " I never saw a moor/ I never saw the sea?"


What literary device is found in the line "Hope is the thing with feathers?"


What literary device is apparent in the line "Because I could not stop for death/ he kindly stopped for me?"


What fictional town did Edwin Arlington Robinson create for the characters of his poetry?

Tillbury Town

Edwin Robinson is sometime referred to as "The Great American Poet of....."


What American President helped finance the poet's talent by giving Robinson a Civil Service position during the president's term in office?

Theodore Roosevelt.

What fictional town is the setting for Edgar Lee Masters' epitaphs?

Spoon River

What advice does "Lucinda Matlock" give to the present generation?

It takes life to love life.

In My Bondage and My Freedom, why does Mrs.Auld stop teaching young Frederick Douglass?

Her Husband got mad at her and made her stop.

In My Bondage and My Freedon, what is the primary result of Douglass's education?

Education is power

What rhetorical question does Sojourner Truth repeat throughout her famous speech in Dayton, Ohio?

Ain't I a Woman?

What is the main message of Sojourner Truth's speech?

Women need rights -_-

To whom is Dunbar referring to in his poem "We Wear the Mask?"

African Americans

Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American to achieve what?

International Acclaim

By what sobriquet is Ambrose Bierce known?

Bitter Bierce

What mystery is associated with Ambrose Bierce's life?

How he died when he disappeared in Mexico

What crime does Druse commit at the beginning of "A Horseman in the Sky?"

Sleeping on Guard

From what source did Samuel Langhorn Clemens take his pseudonym? What does it mean?

Mark Twain. It's a riverboat term. Measure of 2 fathoms

List 3 novels by Mark Twain:

Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Innocence Abroad.

Which character in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavares County" might be described as a bettin fool?

Jim Smiley

What was the name of the Celebrated Jumping Frog?

Daniel Webster

What American writer's talents were fostered by Bret Harte when he published some of that young author's short stories?

Mark Twain

John Oakhurst

Gambler, Outcast

"The Duchess"

Whore, Outcast

Mother Shipton

Madam, Outcast

Uncle Billy

Thief, Drunk, Outcast

Tom Simson


Piney Woods

Toms Girl

What novel was considered Kate Chopin's masterpiece?

The Awakening

What were the major themes of Chopin's literary works?

Women's freedom, Individualism

What novel written by Jack London earned the author international acclaim?

To Build a Fire

What companion novel was published two years after To Build a Fire?

The Call of the Wild

What is the main theme of "To Build a Fire?"

Surviving in the Yukon. (Man vs. Nature)

In "To Build a Fire" what does fire symbolize?


Who wrote Little Women?

Louisa may Alcott

Who wrote the Scarlet Letter?

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Who wrote Moby Dick?

Herman Melville

Who wrote the Red Badge of Courage?

Stephen Crane

Who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Who wrote The Jungle?

Upton Sinclair

Who wrote The Leatherstocking Tales?

James Fenimore Cooper

What is the setting of Act I in Julius Caesar?

People in the streets of Rome celbrating

During Act III of Julius Caesar, what does Portia do to prove her strength to Brutus?

Stabs herself in the thigh

In Calpurnia's dream, what does she see the Romans washing their hands in?

Caesar's blood

Who visits Brutus in Act IV of Julius Caesar?

Caesar's Ghost

What is the Pulitzer Prize?

American Prize. Annually given in variety of areas (fiction, poems, etc.)


use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse


passing reference or indirect mention


a short pithy instructive saying


an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there


a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story

Frame Story

a story within a story

Free Verse

unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern


the ability to form mental images of things or events


incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

Local Color

writing which presents the mannerisms, dress, speech and customs of a particular geographical region


a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity


conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')


representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

Point of View

the spatial property of the position from which something is observed

Rhetorical Question

a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered

Slant Rhyme

rhyme in which the vowel sounds are nearly, but not exactly the same (i.e. the words "stress" and "kiss"); sometimes called half-rhyme, near rhyme, or partial rhyme

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