The Black Death

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The Black Death” from When Plague Strikes

1. How did people in the fourteenth century contract bubonic plague?

a. Infected fleas from infected rats bit humans and transmitted the disease.

b. A boat from Sicily with infected sailors traveled to other harbors, spreading the disease.

c. Rats entered the house of a sick person, contracted the disease, and then spread it to other animals.

d. Without modern refrigeration, leftover food became rotten and people who ate the food got sick.

2. Define the word ‘quarantine’:__Quarantine was the treatment for many diseases and involved isolating people who were ill and allowing no visitors.

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3. What has happened to the serious plagues of the past that they are not seen today?__Modern medicine found cures and some diseases just died out on their own.

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4. What is the one of the biggest health fears today that directly reflects on plagues and illness?

___Today the problem with 'super bugs' is worrisome—bacteria and viuses that have become immune to the medicines available.

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The Man in the Water”
5. Which of the following factors made the crash of Flight 90 unusual?

a. The ice on the plane’s wings caused the crash.

b. The crash occurred in January.

c. The plane struck a bridge.



d. Few passengers survived.
6. What did “the man in the water” do that was so special?

a. He talked to the rescuers.


b. He repeatedly passed the lifeline to others.

c. He swam to safety.

d. He refused to cooperate.

7. According to the essay, the man in the water was

a. the author.

b. a stowaway.

c. never identified.

d. the pilot.


8. According to Rosenblatt, what two elements are in conflict in this story?



a. humanity and nature

b. nature and God

c. humanity and God

d. good and evil


9. What sets the man in the water apart from others?

a. endurance

b. intelligence

c. sense of humor



d. selflessness
10. The author’s main purpose in writing this article is to

a. report the crash of Flight 90.

b. explain the cause of the crash.

c. think about how he would act in the same situation.



d. praise the heroes of the crash.
11. Which statement best summarizes Rosenblatt’s main idea?

a. The man in the water is a hero and a rare human being.

b. Humans do not have to be powerless against nature.

c. No ordinary person could do what the man in the water did.

d. Nature has total power over humanity.


12. Which of the following details most strongly supports Rosenblatt’s main idea?

a. A mechanical failure caused the crash of Flight 90.

b. The man in the water was middle-aged.

c. The man in the water did not reveal his identity.



d. Five people were saved because of the man in the water.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan”

13. What lesson does “The Parable of the Good Samaritan” teach?

a. Flying is risky.

b. Helping others is important.

c. Strangers can pose dangers.



d. Everyone needs help sometime.
14. In “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”, the man who gave aid was a surprise because

a. he was a relative of the injured man.

b. he was a person who knew about medical matters.

c. he terminated his travels to help a friend.



d. he was a member of a hated country.
15. “The Parable” is unusual for us to read and understand because

a. it is written in iambic pentameter.

b. the personification is too extreme.

c. some of the language is old fashioned.

d. the hyperbole is hidden.

16. Why do you think the Jewish priest and Levite did not help the wounded Jewish man?

a. They were both busy with other affairs.

b. The wounded man was naked and dirty.

c. They were not truly good neighbors.

d. The wounded man was a member of a shunned group.


17. What did the Samaritan do for the wounded Jewish man?

a. He gave him money.

b. He called for help and aid.

c. He covered him with a blanket.



d. He took him to an inn to rest.

18. What are the characteristics of a good neighbor?

__A good neighbor is helpful and knd.______________________________________

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19. What is the definition of a parable?

a. It is a story about old times.


b. It is a story that teaches readers a lesson.

c. Old fashioned language must be used.

d. It is one of two stories that fit together in meaning.

A State Championship vs. a Runner’s Conscience”

20. What happens to John Christian Hoyle when he stops to help an injured runner?

a. He wins the race anyway.


b. His coach is furious at him for losing the race.

c. His coach is proud of his unselfish action.

d. He receives a special award.
21. “The Man in the Water”, “Good Samaritan”, and “Runner’s Conscience” are mainly about

a. helping others.

b. not getting the credit you deserve.

c. rescue workers.

d. unexpected problems.


22. Define the term ‘good Samaritan’ and name that character in this story:

A good samaritan is someone who helps without worrying about getting credit for it—just for the goodness of doing a good deed. John is the good Samaritan.______________

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DEFINITIONS: define the term and make a connection to one of the 4 stories.
Use complete sentences.

23. Stereotyping __is prejudging another person by what you think is true about him or her. ________________________________________________________________

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24. Setting _is the time and place of the story. _____________________________________________________________________

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25. A protagonist is the force or person for good in the story._______________

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26. Irony is when the unexpected happens and it has a quirky twist.______________

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27. Foreshadowing is the feeling in the reader's mind about what might be about to happen.

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28. Allusion­­­­­­__is a reference to something that is in the Bible, history, literature, art or experience that is familiar to all people.

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