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Study Helps for American Lit Test 2

How long was Rip Van Winkle asleep? 20 years
What was the setting of "The Pit and the Pendulum"? Toledo during the Spanish Inquisition
What ate through "The Pit and the Pendulum"'s narrator's bandages? rats
What was Soapy's desired destination in "The Cop and the Anthem"? Blackwell's Island, a workhouse
Why did Soapy break a window, steal a meal, flirt with a woman, display disorderly conduct and steal an umbrella? To get arrested
Who were Mrs. William Trimble and Miss Rebecca Wright going to visit in "The Town Poor"? Ann and Mandy Bray
In "The Town Poor," who had been forced to leave their home and move in with the Janes family outside of town? The Bray sisters
Who resolved to let the Bray Sisters live in their former home and buy back their furniture? Mrs. William Trimble
What were the occupations of the four men in "The Open Boat"? cook, correspondent, oiler and captain
Which character drowned while trying to reach the shore? oiler
What was the Great Carbuncle? a red gem
Who died when he discovered the Great Carbuncle? The Seeker
Who left the gem where they found it, instead of taking it home? Matthew and Hannah
Which character was a lazy husband who slept for 20 years? Rip Van Winkle
Which character was the wife of Rip Van Winkle? Dame Van Winkle
Which character was the daughter of Rip Van Winkle? Judith Gardenier
Which character was the homeless man who tried several times to get arrested in order to be sent to Blackwell's Island? Soapy
Which character was the townswoman who decided to help the Bray sisters regain their home and furniture? Mrs. William Trimble
Which character was an acquaintance of the Bray sisters who went with Mrs. Trimble to visit them? Miss Rebecca Wright
Which characters were elderly sisters who were sent to live with the Janes family after their father died? Bray sisters
Which character was the cheerful member of the shipwrecked crew in the dinghy? cook
Which character was Billie; the strongest member of the shipwrecked crew; drowned while trying to reach the shore? oiler
Which character was the skeptical member of the shipwrecked crew? correspondent
Which character was dejected; injured leader of the shipwrecked crew? captain
Which character was the lifelong searcher for the Great Carbuncle who died when he found it? Seeker
Which character searched for the Great Carbuncle for scientific purposes but returned to his lab with a piece of granite? Doctor Cacaphodel
Which character searched for the Great Carbuncle for monetary profit but was captured by Indians and struggled financially for the rest of his life? Master Ichabod Pigsnort
Which character searched for the Great Carbuncle to use it as an ornament in his castle but returned home and settled for a wax-lighted chandelier? Lord de Vere
Which characters searched for the Great Carbuncle to light their home, but when they found the gem they left it and returned home? Matthew and Hannah
Who wrote "Rip Van Winkle"? Washington Irving
Which author was the first American writer to become famous throughout the world? Washington Irving
Who is known for his tales of mystery and horror and introduced the detective story? Edgar Allan Poe
Who wrote "The Pit and the Pendulum"? Edgar Allan Poe
What is the pen name of William Sidney Porter? O. Henry
Who was known for his use of the surprise ending? O. Henry
Who wrote "The Town Poor"? Sarah Orne Jewett
Who wrote "The Open Boat"? Stephen Crane
Which author wrote The Scarlet Letter? Nathaniel Hawthorne
Definition: an imaginative prose narrative written to give the reader entertainment and insight short story
Definition: what happens in a story plot
Definition: those who make the plot happen characters
Definition: the meaning of the story theme
Definition: time, place, and general background of a story setting
Definition: the attitude or emotion of the author or narrator toward his subject or audience tone (mood)
Definition: the method of presenting the reader with the materials of the story, the perspective from which it is told point of view
Definition: an all-knowing author is the narrator who comments freely on the actions and characters as he is able to delve into the minds of all characters and tell what they think and feel omniscient point of view
Definition: the author tells the story from the viewpoint of one character using either the first or third person limited point of view
Definition: the author presents the characters in action with no comment, allowing the reader to come to his own conclusions about them objective point of view
Definition: a method of expression in which the intended meaning of the words used is the direct opposite of their usual sense; used for humor or sarcasm irony
Definition: saying the opposite of what is meant verbal irony
Definition: contrasting what a character says and what a reader or audience knows to be true dramatic irony
Definition: presenting a discrepancy between appearance and reality or between expectation and fulfillment irony of situation
Definition: the ridicule of human folly or vice with the purpose of correcting it, or for a humorous effect satire
Definition: the unexpected twist at the end of the story which goes contrary to the reader's expectations surprise ending
Who illustrated children's classics such as Treasure Island and Rip Van Winkle? N.C. Wyeth
Which artist painted Pioneers Travelling in a Flatboat? Felix Darley
Who was the illustrator of Homecoming? Norman Rockwell
Quotation: "Morning, noon, and night, her tongue was incessantly going, and everything he said or did was sure to produce a torrent of household eloquence." Rip Van Winkle
Quotation: "A troop of strange children ran at his heels, hooting after him, and pointing at his gray beard." Rip Van Winkle
Quotation: "My chin rested upon the floor of the prison, but my lips and the upper portion of my head, touched nothing." The Pit and the Pendulum
Quotation: "The were no considerations of Mediterranean cruises, of soporific Southern skies or drifting in the Vesuvian Bay. Three months on the island was what his soul craved." The Cop and the Anthem
Quotation: "None of them knew the color of the sky." The Open Boat
Quotation: "If I am going to be drowned - if I am going to be drowned - if I am going to be drowned, why ... was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?" The Open Boat
Quotation: "A still and dripping shape was carried slowly up the beach, and the land's welcome for it could only be the different and sinister hospitality of the grave." The Open Boat
Quotation: "They had come thither; not as friends nor partners in the enterprise, but each, ... impelled by his own selfish and solitary longing for this wondrous gem." The Great Carbuncle
What name did Leonora Thorpe tell Belinda Watson was a group of strong-willed and ruthless people? Smith
Did Belinda believe Leonora's story? yes
Why did Mrs. McWilliams hide in the closet? she was afraid of the storm
What was the real reason for the thunder and lightning? cannon firing
Which character was the woman who played a practical joke on her sister-in-law Belinda to prove that Belinda was judgmental about people? Leonora Thorpe
Which character was the woman on which Leonora Thorpe played a practical joke who concluded that all Smiths were a bad influence? Belinda Watson
Which character was a friend of Leonora's and Belinda's husbands whom Leonora said was named Arthur Smythe? Arthur Rogers
Which character was the wife of Mortimer McWilliams who was scared by a storm and made her husband do humorous things to ward off the lightning? Evangeline McWilliams
Which character was the husband of Evangeline McWilliams who tried to ward off lightning by doing humorous things as instructed by his wife? Mortimer McWilliams
Who wrote "The Unerring Instinct"? Thornton Wilder
Who was one of America's most well-known playwrights and author of Our Town? Thornton Wilder
Who wrote "Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning"? Mark Twain
Who painted Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose? John Singer Sargent
Which American Impressionist is known for his paintings of the sea? Gifford Beal
Who painted The Albany Boat? Gifford Beal
Quotation: "A nice Smith is still a Smith. You keep your eyes open, dear - you'll see." "The Unerring Instinct"
Quotation: "There is nothing the matter, friends - only a little discomfort on account of the thunderstorm. I - I was trying to ward off the lightning." "Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning"
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