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American Studies Realism Study Guide
Questions on stories by Kate Chopin, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, as well as art.
How much time passes in Farquhar's life between the end of section I and the end of the last section, section III?
Just a few seconds
Which of the following aspects of Farquhar is most responsible for the predicament he finds himself in?
his devotion to the South
Farquhar believes that the soldier who stops for a drink of water is a
In this story, all of the following exists only in Farquhar's imagination except
the noose's tightening around his neck.
Ineffable feelings are those that you
To apprise someone of a problem is to
tell about it.
A goal is inaccessible if it
can't be achieved.
An accident that you evade is one that you end up
One would be most likely to describe a movie as interminable if it is
The attitude of the soldiers toward hanging Farquhar is one of
In this story, Farquhar is least devoted to
law and order.
The soldier who stops at Farquhar's home for a drink of water is actually
The writer most probably intended the ending of this story to be
Farquhar is most probably being hanged for
plotting to set fire to Owl Creek Bridge
All of the following phrases describe Farquhar's social position except
When the narrator describes Simon Wheeler and his tall tale, he appears to be
According to Jim Smiley, a frog can become a great jumper if it is
The example that best shows Smiley's addiction to gambling with disregard for anything else is the bet he places on
Parson Walker's wife.
The stranger got the best of Jim Smiley by
filling Dan'l Webster with lead.
Which is most likely to seem interminable?
a five-hour movie
If you conjecture, you are making a
Which person is most likely to be infamous
a bank robber
A garrulous man is one who
talks too much.
Which activity generally requires the most finesse?
The tone of this story can best be described as
Why was Smiley so eager to catch up with the stranger?
The stranger tricked him out of his money.
Dan'l Webster "was planted as solid as a church" is an example of
Andrew Jackson would take a severe beating at the start of each fight so that
Smiley could increase the bets against him.
The first narrator suspects that
his friend back East had set him up.
The climax in the plot of the story about Smiley's frog occurs when
Smiley discovers the quail shot.
The narrator disagrees with medical specialists about the benefits or drawbacks of
John, the narrator's husband, believes that her condition is a result of
The narrator believes that the woman behind the wallpaper pattern is
The narrator believes that John and his sister Jennie are being influenced by
The narrator eventually wants to remain in the house in order to
study the wallpaper.
At the end of the story, the narrator believes that she is
the woman in the wallpaper.
A person with perseverance is least likely to be called a
In which kind of dancing are the movements most likely to be described as undulating?
A querulous person is someone who is
hard to please.
You would laugh with derision at a suggestion that you thought was
It is impossible for an inanimate object to
The narrator and John, her husband, have moved to the country in order to allow the narrator to rest.
At the beginning of the story, the narrator feels that the yellow wallpaper is
ugly and annoying.
John has all of the following reasons for refusing to replace the wallpaper except that
he likes the wallpaper.
John behaves the way that he does because he is
convinced he knows best.
John believes the narrator's imagination and "fancies" are
harmful to her recovery.
The story suggests that the narrator is merely imagining the wallpaper's
At the end of the story, John faints from
Mrs. Mallard's first reaction to the news is
Mrs. Mallard realizes that what is most important to her is
The realization that she has in her room changes Mrs. Mallard's view of
Those who tell Mrs. Mallard the news are trying to make sure that she
is not suddenly shocked.
Mrs. Mallard believes that seeing her dead husband's body will arouse feelings of
Mrs. Mallard would be most likely to see a problem in a woman's traditional wedding vow to
obey her husband.
When Mrs. Mallard wants to be alone, Josephine is concerned that her sister is
overcome with grief.
What is the man's name in To Build a Fire?
We never find out
What is the man not quick and alert in, according to London?
The significances of life
Why is the man's beard colored amber?
Because his tobacco has run into it
What is the man fearful of as he walks along the trail?
What does the man frequently do with his hands to warm them?
He beats them against his legs
What condescending word does the man use for the old-timer when thinking about his?
How, according to London, does the dog know about the dangers of the cold?
It has inherited knowledge of the cold
What two words does London use in describing both accidents?
The old-timer who warned the man not to go out alone is symbolic of a
According to the story, Desiree was found
In the shadow of the big stone pillar
From the way Armands love is described, driving "headlong over all obstacles," we can determine that
He truly loves Desiree, often acts out of impulse, and may act irrationally later in the story.
The description of Armand's face as "dark, handsome" suggests that
He may be partly black--of mixed race
When Madame Valmonde sees the baby, her exclamation of "This is not the baby!" was the result of her
Noticing that the baby's skin had begun to turn dark.
The main point of having Armand state to Desiree, "you are not white" is to
Show irony since it is Armand who is of mixed race.
According to the passage where Desiree tells her mother, "I shall die. I must die. I cannot be so unhappy and live," we can infer that
Desiree is suicidal.
When the author states that Armand's "face had not often been disfigured by frowns since the day he fell in love with" Desiree, we can assume that
She has had a positive influence on him.
The attitude of the author toward Desiree, in general, is that
She does not deserve her husband's racist outrage.
Desiree's ironic situation and ultimate death is similar to
Mrs. Mallard's heart attack at seeing her husband alive in The Story of an Hour.
According to the letter that Armand found at the end of the story, Armand discovers that
His mother was black
From the date that "Desiree's Baby" was first published (January 14, 1893), we can determine that this piece is most likely
A Realist work of fiction.