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A Christmas Memory

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

Comprehension
The questions below refer to the selection “A Christmas Memory.”

____1.Buddy and his friend keep their money —
a.|at Mr. Haha Jones’s house|c.|buried in the pecan orchard| b.|in the local bank’s Christmas club|d.|under a floorboard beneath the bed|

____2.Buddy and his friend give fruitcakes to everyone except — a.|the relatives they live with|c.|people who visit them only once| b.|a bus driver|d.|President Roosevelt|

____3.Which of the following statements best describes Buddy’s friend? a.|Fashion is her passion.|c.|Big cities fascinate her.|
b.|She has strong feelings about God.|d.|She spends a lot of time at the movies.|

____4.Buddy compares his friend to a bantam hen because she is — a.|always poking her “beak” into things|c.|small and sprightly| b.|not very intelligent|d.|as flighty as a bird|

____5.When it comes to his other relatives, Buddy —
a.|barely acknowledges their existence|
b.|feels very close to them|
c.|is jealous of the attention they pay to his cousin|
d.|feels that they offer him a lot of support|

____6.Which adjective best applies to Buddy’s friend?
a.|unstable|c.|elegant|
b.|generous|d.|cruel|

____7.Which of the following items is not an activity that binds the two friends together? a.|Flying kites|c.|Making decorations|
b.|Traveling|d.|Drinking whiskey|

____8.Toward the end of the story, Buddy is separated from his friend. Why? a.|He runs away from home.|
b.|His friend is sent to the hospital to suffer her last illness.| c.|A letter from President Roosevelt invites Buddy’s friend to the White House.| d.|Buddy is sent to military school by his relatives.|

____9.Which sentence tells you that Buddy’s friend has died? a.|“A morning arrives . . . when she cannot rouse herself to exclaim: ‘Oh my, it’s fruitcake weather!’”| b.|“The other Buddy died in the 1880s, when she was still a child.”| c.|“I wrapped her in a Fine Linen sheet and rode her in the buggy down to Simpson’s pasture where she can be with all her Bones.”| d.|“I’ll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself.”|

____10.Which image from the story appeals to the sense of smell? a.|“sweet, oily, ivory meat mounts in the milk-glass bowl.”| b.|“A straw cartwheel corsaged with velvet roses out-of-doors has faded. . . .”| c.|“a hateful heap of bitter-odored pennies.”|

d.|“words tumbling together into a wrathful tune. . . .”|

Literary Focus
The questions below refer to the selection “A Christmas Memory.”

____11.Which custom is a major part of the setting and mood of “A Christmas Memory”? a.|Kissing under the mistletoe|c.|Making and giving gifts|
b.|Listening for Santa Claus’s sleigh|d.|Inviting friends to a Christmas party|

____12.What is the difference between tone and mood?
a.|They are synonyms; there is no real difference.|
b.|Tone expresses how an author feels; mood is how an author makes the reader feel.| c.|Tone appeals to the sense of hearing; mood appeals to the sense of sight.| d.|Mood can be created through setting, but tone cannot.|

____13.How are flapjacks and hominy grits part of the setting of “A Christmas Memory”? a.|They show the traits and attitudes of the two main characters.| b.|The fact that they are described makes them part of the setting.| c.|They help show the customs of characters in a certain time and place.| d.|The images of these foods are so detailed, a reader can almost taste them.|

____14.All of the following places are part of the setting of “A Christmas Memory” except a(n) — a.|forest|c.|attic|
b.|riverside cafe|d.|church|

Completion
Complete each statement.

Vocabulary Development
On the line provided, write the word that best completes each sentence.

inaugurating|dilapidated|paraphernalia|sacrilegious|carnage|...
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