Exam Review for English 9



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Exam Review for English 9

Mrs. Pellicer

Part A: Vocabulary. In class, I will give you the vocabulary words to study. There will be 25 words on each exam. You will need to match the letter of the correct definition for each word.

Part B: You will be given a two-page short story. You will need to write a continuation of the story. You will need to write the rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for the story using the information provided in the introduction.

Part C: Poetry analysis. You will need to identify the main idea of the poem(s), the author’s purpose, the theme, the mood, and the tone.

Part D: The Odyssey. You will need to be able to match the following terms with the best description.


  • Odysseus

  • Penelope

  • Telemachus

  • Laertes

  • Ithaca

  • Cyclops/-es

  • Ciconians

  • Lotus eaters

  • Polyphemus

  • Circe

  • Athena

  • Zeus

  • Poseidon

  • Aeolus

  • Helios

  • Hermes

  • Moly

  • Scylla

  • Charybdis

  • Hades

  • Sirens

  • Beeswax

  • Antinous

  • Homer

  • 12/720/72/6

Part E: Be able to answer basic comprehension questions about the storyline of The Odyssesy.

What they did to the Cyclops

How they escaped from the Cyclops



How the event with the Cyclops changed Odysseus’ journey

Part F: Essay. Be able to write a five paragraph essay on one of the topics below. Each essay must include introduction and conclusion paragraphs. Each exam has only one topic option.

  • Justify why you agree or disagree with the idea that Odysseus is heroic.


  • Identify three heroic traits Odysseus has.

  • What three skills/traits did Odysseus have/use that enabled him to survive a journey 720 other men could not survive.

  • Identify which parts of The Odyssey are based on reality and which are fictional.

  • Explain why The Odyssey is still enjoyed 3,000+ years after it was composed.

Part G: There will be two short readings for which you will answer comprehension questions. One of the readings will be a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe.
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