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Name ____________________________ Period _______

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Part
Literary Analysis
Literary Terms
Vocabulary
Genre

Differentiation
5: Grammar
Total

Points Possible
25
20
15
9

Points Received

31
100

Midterm Procedures
1) No bags, purses, binders, notebooks, paper, food, drinks, etc. will be allowed at
your desk.
2) All pens, pencils and erasers must be loose or in a clear Ziploc bag.
3) You are not allowed to have a cell phone, iPod, or any other electronic device on
your person at any point during the exam. Anyone caught with an electronic
device on their person may receive a 0 for the exam.
4) No bathroom breaks until you finish your exam.

Part 1: Literary Analysis. Based on your reading of the short story Harrison Bergeron by
Kurt Vonnegut, answer the following questions below. (1 point for MC questions, 2 points for
short answer questions; 25 points total).
________1. Which character can best be described as superhuman, the pinnacle of evolution,

the best hope mankind has for the future?


A. George Bergeron
B. Diana Moon
Glampers

C. Harrison Bergeron

D. The Empress

________2. Which character can best be described as scatterbrained, sweet, and helpless?

A. The Announcer

B. Diana Moon
Glampers

C. Hazel Bergeron

D. The Empress

________3. Which character can best be described as beautiful in voice, body and face, despite

being immensely handicapped?


A. George Bergeron
B. Diana Moon
Glampers

C. Harrison Bergeron

D. The Empress

________4. Which character can best be described as strong, intelligent, law-abiding and

emotionally barren?
A. George Bergeron
B. Diana Moon
Glampers

C. Hazel Bergeron

D. The Announcer

________5. Which character can best be described as a singularly minded enforcer of laws and

order?
A. George Bergeron

B. Diana Moon
Glampers

C. Hazel Bergeron

D. The Empress

C. Hazel Bergeron

D. The Announcer

________6. Which character is round but static?

A. George Bergeron

B. Diana Moon
Glampers

7) Explain your answer to number 6. Cite text from the story to justify your response.
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_______ 8) Which character is the most flat and most static?
A. Hazel Bergeron B. Diana Moon
C. Harrison Bergeron
Glampers

D. The Empress

9) Explain your answer to number 8. Cite text from the story to justify your response.
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10)
Are any characters in this story dynamic? Cite text from the story to justify your
response.
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______ 11) The overall setting of the story can best be described as:
A. A future American
B. A present day
C. A play within a play
paradise where
satire of American
where the characters
equality reigns
government and
play out the
supreme and
the extremes of
consequences of
everyone is happy.
well-intentioned
totalitarian
lawmaking
governments

D. A dystopian future
where the laws of
the land have
taken away
individuality and
freedom.

_______ 12) The two specific settings of the story are:


A. A theatre and a
B. A residential
C. A living room
government holding
facility and a
and a
center
dance studio
television
studio
_______ 13) Themes of the story could include:
A. The superiority of
B. The power
the state in
of television
providing equality

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C. The
danger of
total
equality

D. Both
A&B

D. A kitchen
and an
opera house

E. Both
B&C

Explain your answer to number 13. Cite text from the story to justify your response.

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________ 15) The external conflict of this story can best be described as:
A. Human vs Society Harrison Bergeron struggling for his individuality versus
societys laws
B. Human vs Human Harrison Bergerons confrontation versus Diana Moon Glampers

C. Human vs Nature George Bergerons struggle for equality against his natural born
ability.
D. Human vs Technological Georges struggle for his strength and intelligence versus
his handicappers.

_______ 16) One known or closely hinted at internal conflict of this story could best be
described as:
A. Harrisons torment over whether he should revolt and take over the world.
B. Georges struggle over whether he should throw off his handicappers and stand
up for his family.
C. Diana Moons fight over whether to enforce the laws that hinder and suppress
individuality.
D. The Empresss concern over whether she should dance average or fully
express her creativity.
Directions: Read the plot events from the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
and determine what part of the plot structure they belong to.
A. Exposition

B. Rising
C. Climax
D. Falling
E. Resolution
Action
Action
________ 17) It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the
studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the
Empress were dead before they hit the floor.
_______ 18) THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal
before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody
else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than
anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the
Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper
General.
________ 19) Clanking, clownish, and huge, Harrison stood - in the center of the studio. The
knob of the uprooted studio door was still in his hand. Ballerinas, technicians, musicians, and
announcers cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die.
_______ 20) "I am the Emperor!" cried Harrison. "Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody
must do what I say at once!" He stamped his foot and the studio shook.
_______ 21) "Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen," she said in a grackle squawk, "has just
escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.
He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely
dangerous."
Part 2: Literary Terms. Match each term to its definition. (1 point each, 20 points total)
______ 22) A widely held but fixed, oversimplified idea of a person or a group.
a. Flashback
b. Archetype
______ 23) A struggle or clash between opposing forces or characters.
c. Stereotyp
______ 24) A scene in a story that interrupts the present action to tell what
e
happened at an earlier time.
d. Moral

______ 25) A pattern that appears in literature across cultures and through the
ages.
______ 26) A lesson about life that the story teaches.

e. Conflict

______ 27) The attitude a writer takes toward the reader, a subject, or a
character.
______ 28) A person, place, thing, or event that stands both for itself and for
something beyond itself.
______ 29) Method of revealing traits where it is inferred through what other
characters say or characters actions.
______ 30) Method of revealing traits where the writer tells us directly through
narration or dialogue.
______ 31) Clues that hint at what is going to happen later in the plot

a. Direct
characterizat
ion
b. Indirect
characterizat
ion
c. Foreshadowi
ng
d. Tone
e. Symbol

______ 32) Type of literature including works of imaginative narration (not


real)
______ 33) Writing that presents real events that uses narrative or expository
structure
______ 34) Vantage point from which the story is told.
______ 35) In literature, a word, character, object or metaphor (pattern) that
recurs in a work.
______ 36) Dramatic speech convention where one actor delivers a speech

a. Point of
View
b. Soliloquy
c. Non Fiction
d. Fiction
e. Motif

______ 37) A type of drama where the protagonist suffers a sad and serious
fate.
______ 38) A type of drama that uses humorous situations to tell the story
______ 39) Dramatic speech convention where two or more actors deliver
lines between/among each other
______ 40) A statement during dialogue spoken in an undertone or to the
audience, as if the other characters on stage cannot hear.
______ 41) Comparing 2 unlike things using like or as.

a.
b.
c.
d.
e.

Simile
Tragedy
Dialogue
Comedy
Aside

Part 3: Vocabulary. Fill in the missing vocab word from the lyric (1 point each, 5 points total).
42)
Its happiness, ______________________________________________, its something out of
a fantasy.
43)

Were balanced, you and me; we are ______________________________.

44)
Turn our love into a ______________________________, a picture with a million different
pieces spelling out the words I love you.
45)
Yeah, youre the state of being supreme; you know, you must be
_______________________________.
46)

So I took a ___________________________, I took a short trip.

Define each word (1 point each, 5 points total).

47)
une:

Jej

48)
nal:

Ba

49)
En
veloped:

50)
Ra
conteur:

51)
Re
velation:

Fill in the letter of the missing word that makes the most sense (1 point each, 5 points total).
A. Harbinger
B. Pedestrian
C. Epiphany
D. Penchant
E. Incredulity
52)
After dining in some of the best restaurants in Paris and London, eating lunch at
Waffle House seemed very ____.
53)
I was filled with _____ that school wasnt cancelled despite the 5 feet of snow that
fell last night.
54)
The appearance of Peeps in grocery stores is usually a ___ of spring time.
55)
Finding his hidden Christmas presents led to his unpleasant _____ that there was no
Santa Claus.
56)
She has a _________ for Junior Mints over any other candy.
Part 4: Genre Differentiation. Read the passages below. Then label the passages by their
genre and support your labeling with evidence from the respective texts (9 points total).

TEXT

GENRE

CAESAR
Et tu, Brute! Then fall,
Caesar.
Dies
CINNA
Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny
is dead!
Run hence, proclaim, cry
it about the streets.
CASSIUS
Some to the common
pulpits, and cry out
'Liberty, freedom, and
enfranchisement!'
BRUTUS
People and senators, be
not affrighted;
Fly not; stand stiff:
ambition's debt is paid.
CASCA
Go to the pulpit, Brutus.
DECIUS BRUTUS
And Cassius too.
BRUTUS
Where's Publius?
CINNA
Here, quite confounded
with this mutiny.
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Rainsford sprang up and


moved quickly to the rail,
mystified. He strained his
eyes in the direction from
which the reports had
come, but it was like
trying to see through a
blanket. He leaped upon
the rail and balanced
himself there, to get
greater elevation; his
pipe, striking a rope, was
knocked from his mouth.
He lunged for it; a short,
hoarse cry came from his
lips as he realized he had
reached too far and had
lost his balance. The cry
was pinched off short as
the blood-warm waters of
the Caribbean Sea dosed
over his head.

THE WIND and the Sun


were disputing which was
the stronger. Suddenly
they saw a traveler
coming down the road,
and the Sun said: I see a
way to decide our dispute.
Whichever of us can
cause that traveler to take
off his cloak shall be
regarded as the stronger
You begin. So the Sun
retired behind a cloud,
and the Wind began to
blow as hard as it could
upon the traveler. But the
harder he blew the more
closely did the traveler
wrap his cloak round him,
till at last the Wind had to
give up in despair. Then
the Sun came out and
shone in all his glory upon
the traveler, who soon
found it too hot to walk
with his cloak on.
KINDNESS EFFECTS
MORE THAN SEVERITY.

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GENRE
DEFINITION

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EVIDENCE

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Part 5: Grammar.
Verb tense agreement: In the paragraphs below, revise the verbs in the sentences to put the
entire selection in past tense (1 point each, 5 points total).

Captain Cook, one of the greatest explorers of all time, sailed large areas of the Pacific Ocean and makes accurate
maps of the region. Cook joins the navy as a seaman in 1755, and received many promotions before he became the
master of the ship in 1757. Because of his knowledge of geography, astronomy, and mathematics, he is selected to
lead a scientific expedition to the Pacific. The purpose of Cooks expedition is to observe the passage of Venus
between Earth and the sun, a very rare occurrence. On the voyage, Cook wins a battle against scurvy, a serious
disease caused by lack of vitamin C.

Subject verb agreement: Circle the word in parentheses that agrees with each subject given
(1 point each, 6 points total).
66) The house (has stood, have stood)
69) Crews (sails, sail)
67) Lauren and Sierra (laughs, laugh)

70) Otters (has swum, have swum)

68) Everyone (is, are)

71) Cattle (is running, are running)

Main and dependent clauses: Identify each underlined clause as main or dependent (1 point
each, 5 points total).
72) Whenever I think of Barbara Jordan, I imagine her as she looks in a picture taken at my
mothers college graduation in 1986.
73) According to my mom, Jordan spoke eloquently about the importance of values in our society.
74) When Jordan began her public service career in 1966, she became the first African American
woman to serve in the Texas legislature.
75) See on TV by millions of people, Jordan immediately gained national attention.
76) After she returned to Texas in 1978, Jordan taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

Commas to separate items in a series: insert commas where needed (1 point each, 5 points
total).
77) One terrible summer when we were little, I had mumps you had measles and he had
chickenpox.
78) The river overflowed again filled our basement and drenched our neighbors carpet.
79) Coriander cumin and saffron are three spices that are widely used in traditional Mexican
cooking.
80) I took a flashlight a sleeping bag extra tennis shoes a rod and reel and a parka on our
camping trip.
81) Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Larry Bird and Julius Erving have each received a Most Valuable
Player award at least once.

Commas when joining a conjunction to a main clause: insert a comma where needed (1
point each, 5 points total).
82) All students must arrive on time for no one will be admitted late.
83) The movie review complemented all the performers but the leading actress received the
strongest praise.
84) A few rowdy spectators tried to grab the star so the bodyguards formed a ring around him.
85) The Japanese actors in Kabuki plays do not speak but they pantomime lines chanted by
narrators on the stage.
86) Some people today work fewer hours than their grandparents did yet for many there never
seem to be enough hours in a day.
Commas to separate items in dates: insert commas where needed (1 point each, 5 points
total).
87) On August 1 1999 we moved to California.
88) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15 1929.
89) On February 16 2013 she will run her first 5K.
90) The hotel on Gulfport Road was destroyed by fire on Tuesday March 13 1984
91) The last day of the semester is Friday January 18 2013.

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