Sunday, April 21, 2013

Responses to Lit Circles (Multiple choice)

Slaughterhouse Five

1. Slaughterhouse Five focuses on the bombing of
    d) Dresden

2. Vonnegut tracks down Bernard O'Hare to
    c) try to remember things that happened in the war, to help Vonnegut write his book on Dresden
3. In a hotel room in Boston, Vonnegut reads which Bible story?
    a) the story of Adam and Eve and the expulstion from Paradise

4. In that same hotel room, Vonnegut feels like something very strange is happening to
    c) all of the clocks and watches

5. Billy Pilgrim is from the town of
    a) Ilium, New York
6. The name of Billy's hometown is an allusion to
    d) the golden age of Greece

7. Billy believes he has been abducted by aliens from
    b) Trafalmadore

8. Billy travels through time because
    b) he has become "unstuck in time"

9. Billy's physicality could best be described as
    c) tall and weak
10. Billy was trained to be a/an
    c) chaplain's assistant
11. Billy first gets shipped to Europe in the middle of
    c) the Battle of the Bulge

12. Wandering behind enemy lines, Billy falls in with
   c) three scouts called the "Three Musketeers"
13. Roland Weary could best be described as
    c) fat, stupid, and mean

14. Roland imagines that he is
    b) good friends with the scouts; they call themselves the "Three Musketeers"

15. Billy and Roland are captured by
    b) German irregulars

16. Roland dies of

    c] a bullet wound

17. On the train, none of the men wants to sleep next to Billy because
    c] he talks and kicks in his sleep

18. Trafalmadorians experience time
    b] all at once, with all things happening simultaneously

19. Billy's attitude toward everything that befalls him could best be described as
    b] passive and accepting

20. Billy's father dies
    a] in a hunting accident

21. Billy eventually becomes a
    a] optometrist

22. The Tralfamadorians put Billy in
    a] An alien sex zoo

23. In his habitat, Billy wears
    a] nothing

24. Billy marries
    c] Montana Wildhack

25. Paul Lazarro is
    a] a former car thief who threatens to have people killed after the war

26. Who promises to avenge Roland?
    d] Paul Lazzaro

27. What did the corpses start to smell like? 
    a] Vinegar and bleach

28. What do stars look like to Tralfamadorans? 
    c] Hexagonal specks of light

29. Where does Billy time travel to while in the showers? 
    a] He returns to the Lion's Club dinner in 1957

30. How long had the British soldiers been prisoners of war? 
    b] Two years

31. When does Billy believe that he will die? 
    b] February 13th, 1976

32. What do they find in the ruins of a building?
    d] Dozens of unmarked corpses

33. Where is Dresden located when Vonnegut goes to visit it? 
    c] East Germany

34. What is Paul Lazzaro most proud of? 
    c] He was able to fight as a boxer.

35. What do humans look like to the Tralfamadorans? 
    b] Pale worms

36. Who wrote a fan letter to Kilgore Trout? 
    d] Eliot Rosewater

37. What do the American prisoners find at the railroad station? 

    b] More prisoners 

38. Why does one of the Germans beat up an American prisoner of war? 
    d] He was mimicking one of the other guards.

39. What decision does Billy come to while he is in the hospital after surgery? 
    a] To tell the world about Tralfamadore

40. What does the Tralfamadoran compare a moment in time to? 
    b] A flickering flame

41. What response does Campbell get from most of the prisoners? 
    a] No response

42. What does Billy do when Rumfoord tells him that Dresden did need to be bombed? 
    b] He starts crying

43. What do Billy, Werner, and Edgar find instead of a kitchen?
    b] A room that holds luggage from refugees

44. Which Earthling do the Tralfamadorans find the most interesting? 
    c] Jesus Christ

45. Who was not busy in Dresden after the bombing? 
    c] Bernard O'Hare

46. What, according to Paul Lazzaro, is the sweetest thing on Earth? 
    d] Revenge

47. How does Billy help Edgar? 
    b] offers to do Edgar's work

48. Why does the Head Englishman envy the Americans? 
    d] They are going to be exchanged soon and go home

49. Who does Barbara Pilgrim say she would like to kill?
    a] Howard J. Campbell

50. What was Edgar Derby's job before he joined the army? 
    a] He was a high school teacher

Kafka on the Shore

1. Which of the following weather storms hits Kafka while he is wandering through the woods at Oshima's cottage?

2. After Nakata dies, who inherits his ability to understand animals?
The ability is lost forever.

3. How does Nakata kill Johnny Walker?
a.He stabs him.

4. Which of the following words completes this phrase which Johnny Walker said to Nakata: "This is a war and you'll learn how to ___________"?

5. After Nakata murders Johnny Walker, what changes about him?
a.He gets his memory back.

6. Who does Nakata remind Hoshino of?
c.His brother.

7. What is the name of Mrs. Saeki's spirit?

8. Who is asked to kill evil before it can escape through the entrance stone?

9. How does Nakata react when he sees some bikers beating a man at the truck stop?
d.He is enraged.

10. How long does Kafka spend unattended at Oshima's cottage?
d.Three weeks.

11. What weather storms into the city after Hoshino steals the entrance stone?

12. How old was Nakata when his mentor died, closing the shop where they both worked?

13. Where was Mrs. Saeki's boyfriend killed?
a.At a book sale.

14. How old was Mrs. Saeki when she opened the entrance stone for the first time?

15. Which part of the paralyzed cats' bodies does Johnny Walker eat while Nakata looks on, horrified?
d.Their hearts.

16. How does Hoshino carry the entrance stone back to his hotel room?
c.In a backpack.

17. Which of the following phrases does Mrs. Saeki use to describe herself?
a.An incomplete shadow.

18. What is pachinko?
c.A gambling game.

19. Who is the only other person that Kafka encounters as he is wandering through the woods?
a.Mrs. Saeki's spirit.

20. Which of the following is NOT something that ceases to matter in the deserted village?

21. What party does the political trucker align himself with?

22. What is the name of the philosopher that the prostitute recites, that Hoshino meets?
b.James Boswell.

23. What is the name of the city that Nakata is trying to reach by hitchhiking?

24. From where did Hoshino steal the entrance stone?
c.From a religious shrine.

25. What request does Johnny Walker make of Nakata?
c.He asks Nakata to catch cats for him.

26. What is Kafka planning to do on his fifteenth birthday?
a.Runaway from home

27. What kind of life does Kafka lead?
a. lonely life

28. Who is “the boy named Crow”?
a. A foreign exchange student

29. Summarize the content of the classified “Top Secret document”.
b. After an “odd event” a pack of zoo animals apparently fled from their cages and now inhabit the last remaining woodlands of Japan

30. What happens to Kafka on the bus?
a. He meets a girl who he talks to during the ride.

31. Why was the boy Satoru Nakata an exception in the “accident”?
a. He did not wake up unlike the others.

32. What is Kafka’s idea of “karma”?
c. “What goes around comes around”

33. Where does Kafka decide to go after he has arrived in Takamatsu?
a. The local petting zoo

34. What does Nakata reveal about himself that is surprising to the reader?
a. That he can talk to cats.

35. What does the professor say about Nakata’s condition?
b. Nakata possesses the power of “astral projection”

36. What does he do after this discovery?
b. Runs away from home.

37. What information does Mimi get out of Kawamura?
a. That he’s a “closet Christian”

38. What does Sakura say when Kafka climbs into bed with her?
b. “When we grow up, promise me you will be my husband.”

39. What is revealed in the elementary school teacher’s letter?
b. She is being fired for “reasons I cannot and will not disclose to children”

40. What does Oshima offer to do for Kafka?
c. He offers to help Kafka run away from home.

41. Who is Johnnie Walker?
a. Johnie Walker is a supposedly “powerful” man, and kills cats to collect their souls.

42. What does he want from Nakata?
a. He wants Nakata to talk to cats for him.

43. What does Kafka feel when he is alone in the cabin?
c. both

43. Why does Johnnie Walker kill cats?  
a. He collects their souls

44. What does Oshima tell Kafka about Miss Saeki?
 a. She’s Kafka’s mother.

45. What is “Kafka on the Shore”?
b. A nursery rhyme.

46. How do the police react to Nakata’s murder confession?
c. They ignore him.

47. What is revealed about Oshima in the incident between her and women visitors?
b. Oshima is a man

48. What happens to Nakata at the Fujigawa rest area?
c. Nakata abruptly passes out due to his “condition”

49. Why does Kafka think that he might be responsible for his father’s murder?
b. He had passed out one night where he blacked out and woke up with blood all over him the next day.

50. Who is Mr Hoshino?
a. A Truck Driver

Life of Pi

Our good old nation was just seven years old as a 
    republic when it became bigger by a small territory.
    Pondicherry entered the Union of India on 
    November 1, 1954. One civic achievement called
5  for another. A portion of the grounds of the Pondicherry 
    Botanical Garden was made available rent-free for an
    exciting business opportunity and—lo and behold—
    India had a brand new zoo, designed and run according
    to the most modern, biologically sound principles.       

 10            It was a huge zoo, spread over numberless
      acres, big enough to require a train to explore it, though
       it seemed to get smaller as I grew older, train included.
      Now it’s so small it fits in my head. You must imagine a
       hot and humid place, bathed in sunshine and bright
15  colours. The riot of flowers is incessant. There are trees,
      shrubs, and climbing plants in profusion—peepuls,
      gulmohurs, flames of the forest, red silk cottons,
      jacarandas, mangoes, jackfruits and many others that 
      would remain unknown to you if they didn’t have neat
20  labels at their feet. There are benches. On these benches
     you see men sleeping, stretched out, or couples sitting,
     young couples, who steal glances at each other shyly and
     whose hands flutter in the air, happening to touch.
     Suddenly, amidst the tall and slim trees up ahead, you
25 notice two giraffes quietly observing you. The sight is not
     the last of your surprises. The next moment you are startled
     by a furious outburst coming from a great troupe of monkeys,
     only outdone in volume by the shrill cries of strange birds.
     You come to a turnstile. You distractedly pay a small sum
30 of money. You move on. You see a low wall. What can you
    expect beyond a low wall? Certainly not a shallow pit with
    two might Indian rhinoceros. But that is what you find.
    And when you turn your head you see the elephant that was
    there all along, so big you didn’t notice it. And in the pond
36 you realize those are hippopotamuses floating in the water.
    The more you look, the more you see. You are in Zootown!

    1.      The main purpose of the first paragraph is:
b)      To explain the origins of the zoo.

    2.      In line 16, the phrase “in profusion” most closely means:
d)      Abundant

    3.      The main purpose of this passage is:
c)      To depict the zoo itself.

   4.      In line 13, the phrase, “Now it’s so small it fits in my head,” is an example of:
e)      Metaphor

    5.      The main literary device used throughout the second paragraph is:
c)      Imagery

    6.      The narrator’s feeling toward the zoo can be best described as:
                  a)      Nostalgic

                       1. Piscine was named after a ___. 
      A. Swimming pool

2. What is the most dangerous animal in a zoo according to Piscine's father?
C. Golden Agouti

3. What was the name of the ship that sank?
C. Tsimtsum 

4. How many religions did Piscine practice out of enjoyment?
A. 2

5. How long did Piscine survive out in sea?
C. 227 days

6. What did Piscine ultimately decide to do with Richard Parker?
A. Train him and keep him alive

7. What animal is COMMONLY known as the most dangerous animal in the zoo according to the novel?
C. Tiger

8. While on an abandoned island, what did Piscine survive off of during that time?
A. Fruit off of trees

9. Who is Tomohiro Okamoto?
A. A Japanese reporter

10. What is the formed relationship between Piscine Patel and Richard Parker?
C. One of loving and protection 

Multiple Choice
1.       Piscine Molitor Patel is named after 

c.       A swimming pool

2.       Pi’s dad runs a
c.       Zoo

3.       How does Pi’s dad teach Pi a lesson about wild animals?
b.      Feeding a goat to a tiger

4.       What’s Pi’s first religion?
b.      Hindu

5.       The Tsimtsum is
c.       A ship

6.       Where’s Pi and his family headed to
b.      Canada

7.       Why do the crew members throw Pi in a boat?
a.       His family’s in the boat

8.       Whose Richard Parker?
b.      The tiger

9.       Which animal does Pi not share a boat with?
c.       a lion

10.   Orange Juice floats on a raft made of
a.       Wood planks

11.   Which animal dies on the boat first?
b.      The hyena

12.   Pi finds cans full of
c.       Soup

13.   How does Pi keep his distance from the tiger?
a.       Makes a raft to attach to the boat

14.   How does the Hyena die?
c.       The tiger kills it

15.   How does Pi train the tiger?
c.       A spear

16.   Why is it hard for Pi to hunt fish?
b.      He’s a vegetarian

17.   How does Pi react after killing a fish?
a.       Cries

18.   What kept Richard Parker from attacking Pi?
d.      Fear of Pi

19.   Which animal is Pi happy to see on the life boat?
d.      Orange Juice

20.   What almost tips the life boat over?
c.       A dolphin

21.   What does Pi find on the island?
b.      Meerkats

22.   What scares Pi a bit when being on the island?
c.       Finding a human tooth

23.   Why does nothing stay alive on the island besides meerkats?
d.      None of the above

24.   What does Pi use to try to get the ship back?
d.      Waving a paddle

25.   What does Pi load on the boat for the tiger to eat from the island?
d.      All the above

26.   Where does the boat finally land?
b.      Mexico

27.   How does Richard Parker react when landed?
b.      Goes into the jungle

28.   Why was Pi sad when landing?
d.      Wanted Richard Parker to appreciate him

29.   After the rescue, Pi is interviewed by two officials from the
a.       Japan Ministry of Transport

30.   Why does Pi tell the officials a different story?
a.       They didn’t believe his first story

31.   Who was the orangutan considered as?
c.       the mom

32.   Who was they hyena considered as?
a.       The cook

33.   Who was the zebra considered as?
b.      The sailor

34.   Who was the lion considered as?
d.      Pi

35.   How do the officials like the fake story?
a.       Like it better

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