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English II Advanced

FALL 2012 SEMESTER EXAM (A)

Part I: Short Story Literary Terms


Choose the letter than best answers each question.
1. Exposition reveals what part of the story?

A. Characters

B. Conflict

C. setting

D. all of the above
2.  What is the climax of a story?

A. The point in which you know how the story is likely to end

B. The beginning of the conflict

C. The ending of the story

D. The middle of the story
3.  What is irony?

A. Funny situation

B. Contrast between reality and expectations

C. Sequence of events in a short story

D. Another name for conflict


  1. The conflict is

  1. a writer’s use of hints or clues to suggest events that have previously occurred in the story

  2. a writers use of hints or clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story

  3. an event that happened before the beginning of a story

  4. a struggle or clash that drives the plot




  1. The point of view is

a. the main character’s thoughts

b. the perspective from which the story is told

c. the opinion of the author

d. the opinion of the reader




  1. The theme of a story is

  1. an object that stands for something beyond itself

  2. the message the author wants the reader to understand about life or human nature

  3. the attitude a writer takes towards a subject
  4. the sequence of events focused around a central conflict





  1. The setting of a story

  1. outlines the traits of the main character.

  2. outlines the traits of the minor characters.

  3. presents the main problem.

  4. indicates the location and the time fame.

  1. Characterization is

  1. how other characters view the main character

  2. the method an author used to develop a character

  3. implied by the reader

  4. disregarded information from the text


Part II: Short Story Analysis


Read each selection from the literature book and choose the letter that best answers each question.

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” Ray Bradbury p.326

-“Inside the Home of the Future” Kelly Greene p. 337


-“The Car of the Future” p.340


  1. What is strange about the messages read by the voices in the house?

    1. Everything the voices say is true

    2. No one is alive to hear them

    3. The voices predict peace, not war.

    4. They are too soft to be heard.




  1. Which time period is covered by the events in this story?

  1. One complete day

  2. A morning from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.

  3. An evening from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

  4. Two weeks



  1. An aluminum wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea is an example of a(n)


  1. simile

  2. metaphor

  3. personification

  4. irony




  1. Then, like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows is an example of a(n)

  1. simile

  2. metaphor

  3. personification

  4. irony




  1. The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes indicates that

  1. there was some sort of destruction

  2. the house is in a rural area

  3. the home was isolated from the city

  4. the neighborhood is abandoned



  1. Based on the details of the story, you can conclude that the family died

  1. In a fire caused by burning chemicals

  2. As a result of a nuclear blast

  3. Under attack by robotic appliances

  4. While running away from an army




  1. Who are “the gods” referring to in this passage from the story?

“The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.”

  1. the mother, father, and children who lived in the house

  2. politicians who began a war and then fled to safety

  3. the inventors responsible for creating the house

  4. scientists who developed the nuclear bomb




  1. Which words best describe the actions of the house in the story?

  1. Sneaky

  2. Stubborn

  3. Mechanical

  4. Understanding



  1. The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire is an example of a(n)


    1. simile

    2. metaphor

    3. personification

    4. irony




  1. What is the significance of the line, “The dog was gone.”

  1. This is the beginning of the takeover of the home

  2. It represents the end of the last truly living thing in the house

  3. The dog has finally left as have all the people

  4. It symbolizes the total abandonment of the home




  1. What do the activities of the house suggest to us about the family?

  1. They were active and social

  2. They were lonely and reclusive

  3. They were violent

  4. They were famous




  1. Why is it ironic that the house chooses the poem “There Will Come Soft Rains”

  1. The poem is Mrs. McClellan’s favorite, but she is not there to hear it

  2. The house, like nature in the poem, is unaware of the demise of mankind.

  3. It is raining outside as it is raining in the poem

  4. The house is mistaken about the poetry Mrs. McClellan liked




  1. Why does the marking of time change at 10:00p.m.?

  1. The damage has changed the home’s operating system.

  2. The home now realizes the family is no longer there.

  3. The house is now dead and no longer announcing the time.

  4. The home is set to change the marking for time at 10:00p.m.




  1. Which line best represents the climax of the story?
  1. The nursery walls glowed. (line 91)


  2. Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is … (last line)

  3. A dog whined, shivering on the porch. (line 58)

  4. At ten o’clock the house began to die. (line 134)




  1. Based upon the story as a whole, the reader can conclude that Bradbury believes

  1. more technology should be used in every home

  2. technology can be useless, impractical and even dangerous

  3. all technology should be monitored closely by the government

  4. technology has the ability enhance the lives of individuals




  1. Projects like Aware Home are designed to

  1. Eliminate household chores by programming machines to do them

  2. Use ideas from science fiction to allow homeowners to spend less time on chores

  3. create new technology that will be used in many computers and sensors

  4. make domestic life easier and extend the independence of older homeowners




  1. One interesting aspect about the house designed by computer scientists at the University of Texas-Arlington is that the refrigerator

  1. is the size of a small bathroom

  2. converts into a home computer

  3. uses microwaves to self-clean

  4. senses when items need re-stocking




  1. Based on the context of the article, the word transcribe means

  1. To remember

  2. To write on a wall

  3. To text

  4. To write out from speech




  1. Why do the cameras in an intelligent house monitor the residents’ behavior?

  1. To learn their habits in order to make service adjustments

  2. To create a video file that can be used by the design team

  3. To record examples of daily life for historical archives

  4. To send electronic signals that can control appliances




  1. Based upon the article as a whole, the reader can conclude that Greene believes

  1. more technology should be used in every home

  2. technology can be useless, impractical and even dangerous

  3. all technology should be monitored closely by the government

  4. technology has the ability enhance the lives of individuals




  1. According to the poster, which features are now automatic on the car of the future?

  1. the drive gears and the windshield wipers

  2. the drive gears and windows

  3. the cruise control and air-conditioning

  4. the seat belts and the windows




  1. Shoulder seatbelts provide the most advanced safety technology ever! is an example of

  1. ethos

  2. pathos

  3. logos

  4. fallacy



    Part IV: Lord of the Flies Reading Passages

Directions: Read the passages and choose the letter that best answers each question.


    From Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”

    They faced each other on the bright beach, astonished at the rub of feeling. Ralph

    looked away first, pretending interest in a group of littluns on the sand. From beyond the

    platform came the shouting of the hunters in the swimming pool. On the end of the

    platform, Piggy was lying flat, looking down into the brilliant water.

    “People don’t help much.”

    He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.

    “Simon. He helps.” He pointed at the shelter.

    “All the rest rushed off. He’s done as much as I have. Only…”

    “Simon’s always about.”

    Ralph stared back to the shelter with Jack by his side.

    “Do a bit for you,” muttered Jack,” before I have a bathe.”

    “Don’t bother.”

    But when they reached the shelters Simon was not to be seen. Ralph put his head in

    the hole, withdrew it, and turned to Jack.

    “He’s buzzed off.”

    “Got fed up,” said Jack, “and gone for a bathe.”

    Ralph frowned.

    “He’s queer. He’s funny.”

    Jack nodded, as much for the sake of agreeing as anything, and by tacit consent they

    left the shelter and went toward the bathing pool.

    “And then,” said Jack, “when I’ve had a bathe and something to eat, I’ll just trek over to the other side of the mountain and see if I can see any traces. Coming?”

    “But the sun’s nearly set!”

    “I might have time…”

    They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate.

    “If I could only get a pig!”

    “I’ll come back and go on with the shelter.”

    They looked at each other baffled, in love and hate. All the warm salt water of the bathing pool and the shouting and splashing and laughing were only just sufficient to bring them together again.

    Simon was now in the bathing pool as they had expected. When the other two had trotted down the beach to look back at the mountain he had followed them for a few yards and then stopped. He had stood frowning down at a pile of sand on the beach where somebody had been trying to build a little house or hut. Then he turned his back on this and walked into the forest with an air of purpose. He was a small, skinny boy, his chin pointed, and his eyes so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay and wicked. The coarse mop of black hair was long and swung down, almost concealing a low, broad forehead. He wore the remains of shorts and his feet were bare like Jack’s. Always darkish in color, Simon was burned by the sun to a deep tan that glistened with heat.

    He picked his way up the scar, passed the great rock where Ralph had climbed on the first morning, then turned off to his right among the trees. He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees, where the least energetic could find an easy if unsatisfying meal. Flower and fruit grew together on the same tree and everywhere was the scene of ripeness and the booming of a million bees at pasture. Here the littluns who had run after him caught up with him. They talked, cried out unintelligibly, lugging him toward the trees. Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands. When he had satisfied them he paused and looked round. The littluns watched him inscrutably over double handfuls of ripe fruit.

    Simon turned away from them and went where the just perceptible path led him. Soon high jungle closed in. Tall trunks bore unexpected pale flowers all the way up to the dark canopy where lift went on clamorously. The air here was dark too, and the creepers dropped their ropes like the rigging of foundered ships. His leg left prints in the soft soil and the creepers shivered throughout their lengths when he bumped them. He came at last to a place where more sunshine fell. Since they had not so far to go for light the creepers had woven a great mat that hung at the side of an open space in the jungle; for here a patch of rock came close to the surface and would not allow more than little plants and ferns to grow. The whole space was walled with dark aromatic bushes, and was a bowl of heat and light. A great tree, fallen across one corner, leaned against the trees that still stood and a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays right on the top.

    38. The line beginning after the first paragraph – “People don’t help much” – and ending

    “Simon’s always about” -- reveal that Ralph is


A. exhausted

B. disillusioned

C. angry

D. friendly


39. Jack’s offer to help Ralph is

A. sincere

B. enthusiastic

C. rejected

D. accepted
40. The lines beginning --“And then,” said Jack” -- and ending -- “I’ll come back and go on with the shelter” -- imply that

A. Ralph and Jack have the same goals

B. Ralph and Jack both fear the night

C. Jack prefers the beach to the jungle

D. both boys enjoy eating and swimming
41. The metaphor in the sentence “They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate” is used to

A. emphasize the extent of division between Ralph and Jack

B. demonstrate the depth of Ralph’s and Jack’s friendship

C. highlight the boys’ mutual feelings

D. stress the boys’ dependence on emotions rather than words
42. The second half of the paragraph beginning “He picked his way up the scar…” reveals Simon’s

A. appreciation of nature’s beauty

B. compassion for the littluns

C. loneliness and isolation

D. lack of fear of the bees

    From Chapter 9: “A View to a Death”

    “Going to be a storm,” said Ralph, “and you’ll have rain like when we dropped here. Who’s clever now? Where are your shelters? What are you going to do about that?”

    The hunters were looking uneasily at the sky, flinching from the stroke of the drops. A wave of restlessness set the boys swaying and moving aimlessly. The flickering light became brighter and the blows of the thunders were only just bearable. The littluns began to run about, screaming.

    Jack lept on the sand.

    “Do our dance! Come on! Dance!”

    He ran stumbling through the thick sand to the open space of rock beyond the fire. Between the flashes of lightning the air was dark and terrible; and the boys followed him, clamorously. Roger became the pig, grunting, and charging at Jack, who side-stepped. The hunters took their spears, the cooks took spits, and the rest clubs of firewood. A circling movement developed and a chant. While Roger mimed the terror of the pig, the littluns ran and jumped on the outside of the circle. Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society. They were glad to touch the brown backs of the fence that hemmed in the terror and made it governable.

    Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”

    The movement became regular while the charge lost its first superficial excitement and began to beat like a steady pulse. Roger ceased to be a pig and became a hunter, so that the center of the ring yawned emptily. Some of the littluns started a ring on their own; and the complementary circles went round and round as though repetition would achieve safety of itself. There was the throb and stamp of a single organism.

    The dark sky was shattered by a blue-white scar. An instant later the noise was on them like the blow of a gigantic whip. The chant rose a tone in agony.

    Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood.”

    Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent, blind.

    Kill the beats! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”

    Again the blue-white scar jagged above them and the sulphurous explosion beat down. The littluns screamed and blundered about, fleeing from the edge of the forest, and one of them broke the ring of biguns in his terror.

    “Him! Him!”

    The circle became a horseshoe. A thing was crawling out of the forest. It came darkly, uncertainly. The shrill screaming that rose before the beat was like a pain. The beast stumbled into the horse shoe.

    Kill the beats! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”

    The blue-white scar was constant, the noise unendurable. Simon was crying out something about a dead man on a hill.

    Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!”

    The sticks fell and the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise something about a body on the hill. The beast struggled forward, broke the ring and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water. At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.

    Then the clouds opened and let down the rain like a waterfall. The water bounded from the mountain-top, tore leaves and branches from the trees, poured like a cold shower over the struggling heap on the sand. Presently the heap broke up and figures staggered away. Only the beast lay still, a few yards from the sea. Even in the rain they could see how small a beast it was; and already its blood was staining the sand.

    Now a great wind blew the rain sideways, cascading the water from the forest trees. On the mountain-top the parachute filled and moved; the figure slid, rose to its feet, spun, swayed down through a vastness of wet air and trod with ungainly feet to the tops of the high tress, falling, still falling, it sank toward the beach and the boys rushed screaming into the darkness. The parachute took the figure forward, furrowing the lagoon, and bumped it over the reef and out to sea.

    Toward midnight the rain ceased and the clouds drifted away, so that the sky was scattered once more with the incredible lamps of stars. Then the breeze died too and there was no noise save the drip and trickle of water that ran out of clefts and spilled down, leaf by leaf, to the brown earth of the island. The air was cool, moist, and clear; and presently even the sound of the water was still; the beast lay huddled on the pale beach and the stains spread, inch by inch.

    43. When Ralph points out Jack’s lack of foresight (first paragraph), Jack’s response is to

    A. ignore Ralph’s challenge of his leadership capabilities

    B. distract the boys from the issues Ralph has raised

    C. welcome the storm since it drowns out Ralph’s voice

    D. start a pig hunt to keep the boys occupied.


44. The author implies that the main purpose of the “dance” is to

A. provide entertainment

B. create a sense of frenzy

C. hone hunting skills

D. provide a feeling of safety


45. The author’s description of the weather

A. contrasts with the boys’ deeds

B. foreshadows the boys’ intentions

C. parallels the boys’ actions

D. contradicts the boys’ interactions
46. The dominant image of the dancing boys in the paragraph beginning – “the sticks fell…” -- is that of

A. mouth


B. ring

C. horseshoe

D. beast
47. In the second half of the passage, a distinct shift in setting takes place in the sentence beginning

A. “At last the crowd surged…”

B. “Presently the heap…”

C. “On the mountain-top…”

D. “The parachute took the figure…”
48. A close reading of the passage reveals that the beast that was killed was

A. a piglet

B. Simon

C. a littlun



D. Ralph

Short Answer Response

Respond to the question by providing your answer and textual evidence from each selection.
How is the human element important in both “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “Inside the Home of the Future”? Support your answer with evidence from both selections.





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