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American Literature Unit 3
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Who was the original audience for Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech?
Women's rights activists.
A symbol is a person, place, thing, or event that has meaning by itself and that also stands for something more than itself.
In "The Devil and Tom Walker," in 1727, Tom Walker meets a mysterious "black man" near a swamp who may be the devil...
and who offers Tom pirate gold on secret terms.
The "high point" of a story is the...
Spirituals were often sung to express...
a longing for freedom.
The phrase "Ain't I a Woman?" is an example of a counterargument.
To retell is to restate what you read word for word.
Which of the following Gothic elements does Poe use in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?
A rotting mansion and mysterious illness.
Poe uses elements of Gothic fiction to create a bright, energetic atmosphere in his writing.
What does "Soon his steady, ivory stride was heard" tell you about Ahab in Moby-Dick?
He walks well with his artificial leg made of ivory.
In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, why does Linda choose not to return to the Flints when she learns of her grandmother's plan to buy Linda's freedom?
Linda does not believe that Mr. Flint will sell her to her grandmother.
In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, why do her friends and family advise Linda to stay hidden?
They do not want to be punished for assisting Linda.
In "The Minister's Black Veil", one of the reasons the black veil has such a powerful effect on people is because...
it makes them think Mr. Hooper is hiding something awful.
Hawthorne's central symbol in "The Minister's Black Veil" is a white veil.
In Moby-Dick, how does Ahab gain his crew's support for his quest?
He rallies them with a rousing speech and the promise of gold.
In "The Minister's Black Veil", from Elizabeth's talk with Mr. Hooper, you can infer that...
Elizabeth understands why Mr. Hooper wears the veil.
In "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," why does Douglass seek out Master Thomas?
He asks Master Thomas to find him a new home.
What message does "Follow the Drinking Gourd" contain?
Directions to follow.
Please pick the best word to complete the sentence.
________is an informal way of speaking or writing that reflects a speech pattern of a particular region or group of people.
A refrain is a word, phrase, line, or group of lines that is repeated for effect in a poem or song. Refrains are often used in ballads and narrative poems.
In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, what does Mr. Flint do to force Linda's family members to reveal her whereabouts?
He puts her children and other family members in jail.
The opening paragraph of "The Minister's Black Veil" says that the children in had "bright faces" and that the bachelors found the young women attractive. From these details, you can infer that the mood in is pleasant.
The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character is called characterization.
Which of the following factors makes "Ain't I a Woman?" an example of oratory?
It is a speech that was delivered before an audience.
Style is the distinctive way a writer uses language.
An allusion is a reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, politics, sports, science, or some other branch of culture.
In lines 93 and 94, near the end of the poem "The Raven", what does the narrator wish to know when he asks the Raven: "Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, / It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—"?
Will he meet Lenore in the afterlife?
By the end of this excerpt from Moby-Dick, Ahab is characterized as...
an eccentric sea captain bent on revenge.
Which of the following statements best describes a literary technique used in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?
Poe uses suspense to keep the reader uncertain of the outcome.
In "Ain't I a Woman?" how does Truth support her claims of inequality?
She points out how women are treated differently from men.
In "The Raven", readers can infer from the poem's conclusion that the speaker will...
never escape his despair.
A writer can reveal a character by telling us directly what the character is like, whether he or she is mean, greedy, and so on. This method is called direct characterization.
In "The Minister's Black Veil", the veil changes Mr. Hooper's personality in that it makes him...
seem ghostlike from head to foot.
In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, what does Linda hope to accomplish by running away from the Flints?
She wants to save herself and her children from slavery.
Mood is the overarching emotion created in a work of literature.
In Moby-Dick, what is Ahab's final argument to Starbuck to get him to agree to go after Moby-Dick?
Even if Starbuck does not agree with Ahab, he should agree because going after Moby-Dick is like going after any other whale.
In "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass", why does Bill refuse to help Covey hold down Frederick Douglass?
Bill does not want to take part in whipping a fellow worker.
Poe's accomplishments during his long, uneventful life were substantial. His poems, with their surreal atmosphere and musical effects, had a considerable influence on poetry.
By singing call-and-response spirituals, enslaved people created a sense of social belonging and a sense that all enslaved people welcomed and acknowledged each other.
In Moby-Dick, what can you infer about the whale based on the following statements? ". . . that white whale must be the same that some call Moby-Dick." "'And he have one, two, tree—oh! good many iron in him hide, too, Captain,' cried Queequeg disjointedly."
The whale has a legendary reputation based on its survival in the face of many attempts to kill it.
Read the following lines aloud: "On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore— / Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!" What kind of mood is expressed in these lines?
A despairing mood.
Please pick the best word to complete the sentence.
__________is language that is meant to persuade.
The primary purpose of Frederick Douglass in writing the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was to show...
the daily life of slaves working on the plantations.
Every writer has a unique viewpoint, or perspective. Harriet Jacobs's view of the world was fundamentally shaped by slavery; it established her identity and ruled her daily existence.
Why does Sojourner Truth keep asking "Ain't I a Woman?"
She is emphasizing that she is a woman, not just a former slave.
Herman Melville was an amazing writer of the 1800s. He used dialogue to help bring the characters in his stories to life.
In many cases, writers combine several modes of expression—description, narration, exposition, and persuasion—in order to achieve their purpose.
In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, what is the most obvious influence on Jacobs's perspective?
A slave narrative is a firsthand account that was written or orally recounted by a former slave.
In "The Fall of the House of Usher", at first encounter, the speaker's reaction to the Raven is...
The selection you read from Moby-Dick establishes the atmosphere of the Pequod and foreshadows Captain Ahab's conflict with the great white shark.
If a tree in a story stands for the cycle of life, the tree is a...
In "The Minister's Black Veil", when Mr. Hooper tells his fiancée Elizabeth, "There is an hour to come...when all of us shall cast aside our veils," he means that...
everyone's soul will be revealed on the Judgment Day.
In "The Fall of the House of Usher," what can you conclude about Roderick's feelings toward his sister, based on his actions throughout the story?
Roderick had a deep bond with his only living relative.
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