English III e literature Study Guide for Midterm Dec 2012 Way to Rainy Mountain

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English III E Literature Study Guide for Midterm Dec 2012

Way to Rainy Mountain:


  1. In this memoir, the author compares the prairie in the summer to: an anvil’s edge

  2. According to the author, what word best describes the land around Rainy Mountain? Lonely

  3. What is the Kiowa’s creation myth? They entered the world through a hollow log

  4. What was the last thing the author did before his journey ended? Look at the mountain

  5. What is the main idea of this selection? Repairing the author’s grandmother’s old house

How the Leopard God his Claws

  1. According to the headnote, what is the storyteller’s main responsibility? Creating history

  2. What is the primary reason the animals want to build a shelter? Most of them do not like being out in the rain

  3. The dog finally leaves his cave because it is: flooded

  4. What word best describes he leopard’s attitude toward how the animals should live? Cooperation

  5. Why does the dog send others to get the leopard and bring him back? He suspects others may follow him later if given the chance

  6. What does the dog give up at the end of the story? His freedom

Prayer to the Pacific

  1. According to the poet, where does the ocean originate? China

  2. The poet believes that American Indians were first brought across the ocean on the: backs of giant sea turtles

  3. The tone of “prayer to the Pacific” is: respectful

  4. According to this poem, why do rain clouds drift in from the West? It is the direction that Grandfather Turtle swam

  5. What is one of the main themes in this poem? It is important to understand and respect nature

The Sky Tree
  1. How does the old chief learn how to cure his illness? In a dream


  2. Who or what travels to the new Earth with Aataentsic? The sky tree

  3. The main idea of this myth: explains how the people left Sky Land to populate the Earth

Summer of Black Widows

  1. What even brought the spiders? Rain storm

  2. What type of figurative language is used in the following line? “Before sleep, we shook our blankets and stories fell to the floor.” Alliteration

  3. Each of the following is a theory about what eventually happened to the spiders EXCEPT that they: hid deep underground

Narrative … Mary Rowlandson

  1. The title of the selection includes the word restoration because Rowlandson: was eventually reunited with her family



  1. Rowlandson found her son lying on the ground because he was hiding the fact that he was: praying to his Christian God.



  1. During her time with the Native Americans, what brought Rowlandson the most comfort? Her bible



  1. What is Rowlandson referring to when she says, “I have been in the midst of those roaring lions and savage bears”? the Native Americans



  1. What does the character of Job represent to Rowlandson? Another person who was greatly tested



  1. Before she was actually taken, Rowlandson had already decided that if Native Americans ever came for her, she would: let them kill her before allowing them to kidnap her

Plymouth Plantation

  1. What does the author believe kept a few people in the group safe from sickness? The Lord’s intervention
  2. Which Native American appeared to help the colonists learn more about the land? Samoset


  3. What role did Squanto play in the lives of the colonists? Interpreter

  4. When Bradford calls Squanto “a special instrument sent of God,” it is clear that he: believed all that happened was guided by God

  5. How does Bradford characterize winter in the excerpt from Chapter 9? Cruel and fierce

  6. What word best describes the “First Thanksgiving”? hopeful

Sinners in Hands of Angry God

  1. What method did Edwards primarily use to convert people? Terror

  2. When Edward writes of “natural men,” he means those who: have not yet accepted Christ

  3. Edwards compares people’s inability to stop themselves from going to hell to a(n): spider’s web and a falling rock

  4. Which word best describes what Edwards thinks about people? Powerless

  5. Edwards’s sermons attempt to make people feel that death and everlasting life in hell is: imminent

  6. When Edwards writes, “many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are now a happy state,” he means they have: changed and are much better now

  7. Which of the following phrases from the sermon contains an example of alliteration? “while you are pining and perishing”

Life of Olaudah Equiano

  1. When Equiano writes about the ship’s cargo, he is referring to its: slaves

  2. The primary reason all of the people below deck are ill is because of: the powerful stench

  3. Why is the narrator finally brought up on the upper deck? It is feared he will die if not brought up for fresh air

  4. The narrator compares the slaves in the merchant’s yard to: sheep in a fold

Moby-Dick
  1. Melville uses the metaphor of a tree damaged by lightning to describe the: mark on the captain’s face and neck


  2. Melville compares the spring months to: red-cheeked dancing girls

  3. When Melville writes that Captain Ahab looked “not unlike the weather horizon when a storm is coming up”, he means that he appears: dark and menacing

  4. What was Ahab’s primary motivation? Capturing the elusive white whale

  5. What does Ahab mean when he says, “it was Moby Dick that dismasted me”? Moby Dick was the whatl that took the captain’s leg

  6. The only crew member to speak out against Ahab’s mission is: Starbuck

  7. The primary emotion that motivates Ahab’s obsession is: revenge

  8. Melville’s metaphor of Ahab as the leader of a pack of prairie wolves indicates that Ahab is: headed toward unseen danger

  9. Which crew member is NOT selected to be one of ahab’s closest mates in the search for Moby Dick? Ishmael

Devil and Tom Walker

  1. Why was it clear that the devil’s conditions were difficult ones? Tom had to give them some thought before agreeing

  2. What convinces Tom that the devil and his promises were not just illusions? Crowninshield dies after the devil cut down the tree

  3. Which of the following is NOT one of the possible fates that Irving mentions might have befallen Tom’s wife? She partnered with the devil in search of more treasure

  4. What does it say about Tom’s character that he is so excited to see his property hanging in a tree? He values his material objects far more than his wife

  5. Irving compares Tom’s squeaking carriage wheels to: the souls of the debtors

Minister’s Black Veil

  1. What is the main emotion the black veil elicits in Hooper’s parishioners? Dread

  2. What does the black veil symbolize to Hooper: secret sins

  3. When Hooper says, “There is an hour to come when all of us shall cast aside our veils”, he is inferring that: all people are wearing veils, although theirs are not visible


  4. Hawthorne demonstrates how Hooper feels about his veiled image by having him: avoid looking at his reflection

  5. What does the character of Elizabeth symbolize in this story? Love

Pit and Pendulum

  1. The only punishment the narrator does NOT consider a possibility in the story is that he might be: shot by a firing squad

  2. The biggest fear the narrator has to face in the beginning of the story is: his own wild imagination

  3. What is the first thing the narrator notices when there is finally enough light to see? His measurements were all wrong

  4. The narrator does not become concerned about the pendulum until he realizes that it has: started to descend

  5. In Poe’s terrifying story, as the pendulum comes down the: suspense increases

  6. Who does the narrator enlist to help him out of his dire predicament? Rats

  7. In the story, the narrator says, “ I would have seized and attempted to arrest the pendulum. I might as well have attempted to arrest an avalanche,” which means that the pendulum was too: powerful to stop

  8. The narrator initially discovers the presence of the pit when he: falls down and almost goes over the edge

The Raven

  1. Who does the poem’s main character think is at his door at first? An unexpected visitor

  2. The word that best describes the speaker of this poem is: anguished

  3. Why does the speaker initially believe the raven keeps saying “Nevermore”? He suspects that is the only word his past master ever taught him to say

  4. In which of the following lines does Poe establish the setting of the poem? Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December


  5. What is the last stanza of this poem similar to in a novel? The resolution

Frederick Douglass

  1. The speaker in the poem says that freedom is “needful to man as air” because it is: necessary for survival

  2. A conclusion about freedom that you can draw from this poem is that: eventually, freedom will belong to every man

Bondage and My Freedom

  1. Mrs. Auld stops teaching Douglass how to read because she: is firmly told not to by her husband

  2. Who did Douglass turn to in order to expand his education? White children

  3. Douglass did not include the names of some of his teachers in his writings because he knows it: might embarrass them

  4. Douglass bought a copy of the “Columbian orator” because he: heard other boys talking about it

  5. What was the primary result from Douglass’s education? Increased dissatisfaction with being a slave

  6. Douglass compares slaveholders to: robbers

  7. Concerning the concept of slavery, the other boys: thought it completely unfair

In Texas Grass

  1. The first image the speaker of the poem compares old trains to is: African governments

  2. How do the train cars remind the speaker of the poem of horses? Both tend to be abandoned when no longer needed

  3. The old and young men mentioned at the end of the poem are waiting for: times to get better

  4. The phrase “waiting for worm dust” means: death

  5. What is the overall tone of this poem? Tragic

“Swing Low, Sweet, Chariot”, “Go Down, Moses”, and “keep Your Hand on the Plow”
  1. In the refrain of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, the word ‘home’ refers to: heaven


  2. The overall tone in “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is: hopeful

  3. The phrase “Let my people go” in the refrain of “Go Down, Moses” means to allow the: slaves go free

  4. In “GO Down, Moses,” the enslaved African Americans compare themselves to: the Jews

  5. One topic found in both “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “go Down, Moses” is: the plight of the Jews in Egypt

  6. “Go Down, Moses” urges Moses to: help them reach their freedom

  7. In “keep Your Hand on the Plow,” the images of chain and jail represent: the oppression of the slaves

  8. In “Keep Your Hand on the Plow, “ Paul and Silas are: prisoners in the Bible

  9. In “keep Your Hand on the Plow,” the image of the plow represents: faith




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