# In “There Will Come Soft Rains,” machines, not humans, perform all house chores

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7.
In “There Will Come Soft Rains,” machines, not humans, perform all house chores. Which of the following adjectives best describes the feeling that is created by this setting?
(1 point)
* cheerful
* frightening
* reassuring
* impersonal
8.
Where are the human beings in “There Will Come Soft Rains”?
(1 point)
* They are all at work or at school.
* They have all moved to a different city.
* They have all been destroyed by a nuclear war.
* They are all being held prisoner in the basement of the automated house.
9.
Which of the following details helps you figure out what has happened to the owners of the house in “There Will Come Soft Rains”?
(1 point)
* Mrs. McClellan likes to listen to poetry in the evenings.
* The stove prepares a breakfast that goes uneaten.
* There are silhouettes of four people burned into the side of the house.
* The house carefully keeps itself clean and protects itself from harm.
10.
Which sentence from “One Thousand Dollars” or “By the Waters of Babylon” reflects first-person point of view?
(1 point)
* After a time, I myself was allowed to go into the dead houses and search for metal.
* “I thank you very much, sir,” said Gillian, and out he went to his cab.
* The towers are not all broken—here and there one still stands.
* Without touching the envelope, Mr. Tolman went to a door and called his partner, Sharp.
11.
Which is a theme of both “One Thousand Dollars” and “By the Waters of Babylon”?
(1 point)
* Things are not always what they seem to be.
* If you do what is forbidden, you will pay the price.
* Love can change the world.
* Life is not always fair.
12.
What do Jonathan's everyday actions in “Civil Peace” indicate about the country's economy after the war?
(1 point)
* Most people do not want to work.
* Many people are becoming very rich.
* The government provides jobs to everyone.
* People have to be resourceful to make money.
13.
What does the phrase “Nothing puzzles God” mean in “Civil Peace”?
(1 point)
* That people should have faith in themselves.
* That people should have faith in God's plan.
* That God will punish those who fought in the war.
* That God does not like things that do not make sense.
14.
At the end of “Civil Peace,” Jonathan's neighbors feel sorry for him because he was robbed. He tells them,
What is egg-rasher? Did I depend on it last week? Or is it greater than other things that went with the war? I say, let egg-rasher perish in the flames! Let it go where everything else has gone. Nothing puzzles God.”
Based on these words along with Jonathan's words and actions throughout the story, what message does the author convey about survival?
(1 point)
* Survival without money and other possessions is meaningless.
* It is important to fight criminals, even at the cost of one's own life.
* In order to survive, one must be able to let go of what has been lost.
* One must find a way to hold onto money and possessions in order to survive.
15.
The tripods' flames go out when the last of the revelers dies. Based on this detail, what might the tripods' flames symbolize in “The Masque of the Red Death”?
(1 point)
* the revelers' lives
* the peasants' revenge
* that it was all a dream
* Prince Prospero's wealth
16.
What message is Poe trying to convey in “The Masque of the Red Death”?
(1 point)
* God punishes sinners.
* Time passes slowly.
* Wealth cannot protect one from death.
* One should not attend parties uninvited.
17.
What is a paradox?
(1 point)
* a statement that expresses contradictory ideas, but is true
* a clue to the outcome of the story
* a person, place, or thing that stands for something other than itself
* a conflict between a character and his or her surroundings
18.
In “Like the Sun,” what experiment does Sekhar conduct?
(1 point)
* observing how anger affects different people
* keeping the ungraded papers a secret for ten days
* studying the effects of sunlight
* telling the truth for one day
19.
In “The Censors,” Juan gets a job as a censor. Why is this ironic?
(1 point)
* because Mariana lives in France
* because Juan is against censorship
* because the Censorship Division is full
* because Juan has no skills
20.
Which message is expressed in both “Like the Sun” and “The Censors”?
(1 point)
* Love is rare.
* Love leads to lies.
* Avoid the truth at all costs.
* The truth can hurt.
Vocabulary and Grammar
21.
In which of the following sentences is the principal verb part in its past form?
(1 point)
* GL is smiling broadly at the end of the story.
* Chig's father resented his mother's preference for GL.
* Charles will be angry at his family for many more years.
* Mama rides with GL in a buggy behind a crazy horse.
22.
What is the best synonym for the word amenable?
(1 point)
* shameful
* disagreeable
* responsive
* powerful
23.
Which of the following sentences contains a linking verb?
(1 point)
* Jonathan is grateful.
* Maria sells akara balls.
* The thieves demand money.
* Jonathan hides his egg-rasher.
24.
What might a conniving person do?
(1 point)
* forgive a friend
* welcome a stranger
* make a secret deal
* watch too much TV
25.
Which is the most likely to be scrutinized?
(1 point)
* dirty dishes
* a crime scene
* a nursery rhyme
* a cold drink
26.
Which of the following is the best antonym for the word impeded?
(1 point)
* obstructed
* unblocked
* disapproved
* enjoyed
27.
Which of the following sentences is written in passive voice?
(1 point)
* The guests avoid the black chamber.
* An uninvited stranger appears.
* Rage is felt by Prospero.
* Prospero attacks the stranger.
28.
Pepe Gonzalez __________ a special cheese to the party.
(1 point)
* brung
* bringed
* brought
* bringing
29.
Read the following sentence and then choose the best synonym for the word titanic.
With a titanic effort, the world champion bodybuilder heaved the massive weights up over his head.
(1 point)
* timid
* powerful
* unsinkable
* moderate
30.
Choose the correct form of the irregular verb sleep to complete the following sentence.
The McClellan children __________ in a nursery that had glowing animals on the walls.
(1 point)
* sleeped
* slept
* sleeping

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