Grade 9 English Final Exam Study Guide

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    Name_______________________________

     

    Part 1: American Born Chinese

     

    Multiple Choice--10 questions (1 point each)

    1.What is the name of the character who is the “American Born Chinese”?

    Jin Wang

     

    2.What genre is American Born Chinese?

    Graphic novel, myth

     

    3.What is the theme of American Born Chinese?

    Search for Identity

     

    4. What is a parallel story line?

    Two or more story line in a book that come together at the end of the novel.

     

    5. Where is the Monkey King’s story set?

    Mythological, Flower Fruit Mountain, ancient times

     

    6. What happens to the Monkey King when he goes to the dinner party of the gods?

    Disrespected by the gods

     

    7.What happens to the Monkey King when he refuses to accept his heritage?

    He is trapped under a pile of rocks

     

    8.Where is Jin Wang’s story set?

    Modern day, California city

     

    9. Jin Wang hates being Chinese, so he transforms himself into what?

    An American boy, Danny

     

    10. At the end of the novel, the reader discovers that Chin-Kee is which character?

    The Monkey King

     

    Short Answer--10 points (2 questions, 5 points each)

    1.Define hyperbole and give an example of hyperbole from ABC.

    exaggeration

    Chin-Kee was an exaggerated version of Chinese

     

    2. Define allusion and provide an example of allusion in ABC.

    A reference to something famous in literature, history or the media

    Birth of Jesus

    Mayflower Elementary School

     

    Vocabulary--10 questions (1 point each)

     

    Know the definitions of the following words:

     

                assimilate- to fit in

     

                deity- a god or goddess

     

                haggling- fighting, bargaining

     

                parable- a simple story teaches a lesson about a sophisticated idea

     

                tangible- real or actual, can be touched

     

                cudgel-a weapon, like a club

     

                forfeit- give up

     

                ignorance- unaware, do not understand

     

                prerequisite- required before hand

     

                vagrant- a person who wanders from place to place

     

    Part 2: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

     

    Multiple Choice--10 questions (1 point each)

     

    1.What is the genre of The Five People You Meet in Heaven?

    Fiction

     

    2. What is/are the theme(s) of Five People?

    Search for identity

     

    3.Where is the setting of Five People?

    Heaven, Ruby Pier, The Philipines/War

     

    4. How would you best describe the main character, Eddie?

    A man who was unsatisfied with his life, felt like a loser

     

    5. What is the author’s purpose in writing Five People?

    To show that every person’s life/job is meaningful

     

    6.What events occur on Eddie’s 83rd birthday?

    Eddie dies trying to save a little girl from a crashing ride, Freddie’s Free Fall

     

    7. What caused Eddie’s death?

    Killed by a falling ride cart

     

    8.How does Eddie feel when he first gets to Heaven?

    He feels like a young boy, physically wonderful

     

    9.  Why is Eddie unable to speak when he gets to Heaven?

    He must first listen and learn

     

    10. Eddie’s past birthdays are an example of what literary device?

    Flashbacks

     

    Symbolism and Lessons--15 points (pick 3 of 5 questions, 5 points each)

     

    Know each person Eddie meets in Heaven, the lesson each character teaches Eddie, what Ruby Pier symbolizes to that character, and what Heaven is for that character.

     

    Lesson

    Pier Symbolizes

    Character’s Heaven

    Blue Man

     

     

     

     

    We are all connected, strangers are family you don’t know yet

    Acceptance

    Ruby Pier

    Captain

     

     

     

     

    Sacrifice is something to aspire to

    Keeping a Promise

    World without war

    Ruby

     

     

     

     

    Forgiveness, hatred hurts you more than the person you hate

    Loss

    A diner in the snowy mountains

    (opposite of Ruby Pier)

    Marguerite

     

     

     

     

    Love never dies

     

    Home

    Weddings, where anything is possible b/c of love

    Tala

     

     

     

     

    Everyone is important

    Redemption

    A river with children playing

    Vocabulary--10 questions (1 point each)

     

    Know the definitions of the following words:

               

                acceptance-a feeling of love and belonging

     

                bile-green liquid from the liver used in digestion

     

                classified-top secret

     

                combustion-to catch on fire or explode

     

                commodity-something that can be bought or sold

     

                conscious-awake and aware

     

                enlist-volunteer for military service

     

                extinguish-to put out a fire or light

     

                fatigues-a military uniform

     

                unconscious-unaware

     

    Part 3: Anthem

     

    Multiple Choice--5 questions (1 point each)

     

    1.What genre is Anthem?

    Fiction, dystopian novel

     

    2. What is the theme of Anthem?

    Individualism

     

    3. Where does MOST of the setting of Anthem take place?

    “The City”

     

    4. How would you best describe the main character Equality?

    Intelligent, a strong individual, curious

     

    5. What are Equality and Liberty’s assigned jobs in the Anthem society?

    Equality-street sweeper

    Liberty-farmer/peasant

     

    Short Answer--15 questions (1 point each)

     

    1.Define manuscript in terms of Anthem.

    A book from the Unmentionable Times, not allowed

     

    2. What nickname does Equality give Liberty?

    The Golden One

     

    3. What is the purpose for the Time of Mating?

    To increase the population, make more workers

     

    4. What is Equality happy to find out that Liberty is only 17?

    He loves her, she is still a virgin, has not been to the time of mating

     

    5. How was the “Transgressor” punished for his crime?

    He was executed, burned at the stake

     

    6. Why does Liberty call Equality “Unconquered”?

    He has not given up his individuality; he is undefeated by society’s rules

     

    7. What does Equality invent and build?

    A lightbox (light blub)

     

    8. How is Equality punished for coming home late from the tunnel?

    Sent to jail and whipped

     

    9. What does the World Council want to do with Equality’s invention?

    Destroy it

     

    10. Where does Equality run and hide after he escapes from the World Council of Scholars?

    The uncharted forest

     

    11. How does Equality act his first morning in the Uncharted Forest?

    Childlike, running and jumping and playing, carefree

     

    12. What amazing discovery does Equality make in the forest stream?

    His own reflection, 1st time he sees his own face

     

    13. What 3 unbelievable things Equality and Golden One find in a house in the forest. Why are these items important?

    Items from the Unmentionable Times

    Colorful clothes

    Mirrors

    Manuscripts

    lightbulbs

     

     

    14. What new names do Equality and the Golden One give each other? What literary device is used here?

    Prometheus-stole fire (light) from the gods

    Gaea-mythology, means mother of the Earth

    ALLUSION

    15. Why do their new names fit?

    Vocabulary--10 questions (1 point each)

     

    Know the definitions of the following words:

     

                anthem- a patriotic song or book

     

                apocalypse-a disaster, end of the world

     

                post-apocalyptic- the time after a disaster

     

                council-a group of people who make decisions

     

                dystopia- “Not a good place”

     

                eugenics- breeding, genetics, sterilization

     

                individualism- only one, singular

     

                pledge- an oath or promise

     

                preference- to like someone or something

     

                scholars- experts, study 1 thing

     

                transgression- a sin or crime

     

                uncharted- unexplored

     

                utopian- a perfect place

     

                vocation- job or occupations

     

                manuscript- books

     

     

    Part 4: The Hunger Games

     

    Sentence Complete--10 fill-in-the-blanks (1 point each)

     

    1. When is The Hunger Games set?

    Post-apocalyptic world in the future

     

    2. Where is The Hunger Games set--country?

    United States,

    3. Where is The Hunger Games set--continent?

    North America

    4. How many districts are there?

    13 districts/13 colonies

     

    5. What do the districts surround?

    The Capitol

     

    6. The Capitol is surrounded by what former mountain range?

    Rocky Mountains

     

    7. What former mountain range encompasses Katniss’s district?

    Appalachian Mountains (West Virginia)

     

    8. What is the primary product of Katniss’s district?

    Coal

     

    9. What is the name of Katniss’s neighborhood?

    The Seam

     

    10. Where does Katniss sell and exchange goods?

    The Hob

     

    Poetic Devices--10 questions (1 point each)

     

    Review your poetic devices packet from The Hunger Games. Know how to identify the following literary devices when given an example:

     

                Alliteration-repetition of consonant sounds

                Allusion-reference to something famous

                Hyperbole-exaggeration

                Imagery-appeals to the 5 senses

                Irony-unexpected

                Metaphor-compare to unlike things

                Simile-compare to things using words like, as, than

     

    Short Answer--10 points (5 points each)

     

    Compare and contrast life in the Capitol to life in the Districts.

     

    The Capitol-the audience for the Games

    rich, shallow, spoiled, no concerns, fashion important

     

    Districts- the tributes

    poor, starving, struggle to survive

     

    Choose one theme from The Hunger Games. Explain how that theme is illustrated through characters and plot.

     

     

    Vocabulary--10 questions (1 point each)

     

    Know the definitions of the following words:

     

                adversaries-opponents in a fight or contest

     

                apothecary-a druggist or healer who uses plants

     

                cornucopia-a horn shaped filled with food/supplies

     

                despondency-depressed

     

                emaciated-thin due to starvation

     

                ominous-evil or threatening

     

                pariah-an outcast

     

                reaping-gather and harvest

     

                repentance-deep sorrow

     

                revolution-overthrow the government

     

                tessera-an allowance of food

     

                totalitarian government-a dictatorship, a government that does not allow different opinions,

     

                treason-to betray the government

     

                tributes-contestants in Hunger Games (payment from each district)

     

    Part 5: The Odyssey

     

    Multiple Choice--5 questions (1 point each)

     

    1. Who wrote The Odyssey and The Iliad?   

    Homer

     

    2. When were The Odyssey and The Iliad written?  

    Thousands of years ago, BC

     

    3. What genre is The Odyssey?

    Greek Mythology, Hero’s Tale

     

    4. Why was the Trojan War fought?

    Over money, trades routes in the Med. Sea

     

    5. What happens when Odysseus is at war and trying to return home from his journey?

     

    Odysseus angers the gods. He is punished and it takes him 20 years to get  home.

    10 years war—10 year journey

    Literary Devices--know the definition or examples of each--10 points (1 point each)

     

    allusion- reference to something famous

     

    characteristics of Odysseus-

     

    noble birth male           intelligent            brave          actions effect his people

    Curious                          Big Ego                reckless

     

    epic hero-

    well-known    legendary       goals               virtues                        one nation

     

    epic simile- a long comparison found in an epic story

     

    epic story- long story about a hero

     

    epithet- a description of a character    Odysseus, son of Laertes, victor of Cyclops

     

    fate- life is predetermined by the gods or the stars

     

    in media res- starts in the middle of the story

     

    muses- goddesses, inspiration, Athena inspires Odysseus

     

    universal themes in The Odyssey-

    Overcoming Obstacles

    An adventure story

     

    Figurative Language--10 questions (1 point each)

    Identify literary devices being used when given a passage from The Odyssey.  Literary devices used include:

     

                Allusion-sirens in the Odyssey and Pirates of the Caribbean

     

                epic simile long, long, long comparison-driving the tree trunk into Cyclops’ eye

    “I drove my weight on it from above and bored it home like a shipwright bores his beam with a shipwright's drill that men below, whipping the strap back and forth, whirl and the drill keeps twisting, never stopping --So we seized our stake with it fiery tip and bored it round and round in the giant's eye."

     

                Epithet-a nickname or despcription used with the character’s name

    Aeolus, king of the wind,…

    Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant,

    Polyphemus, son of Poseidon,

    Polyphemus, the Cyclops,

    Scylla, the six-headed sea monster,

    Charybdis, the whirlpool,

    Odysseus, son of Laertes

     

                Imagery-

     

                metaphor-comparison between 2 unlike things

    “For nine years we wove a web of disaster”

    (comparing the 9 unsuccesful years of battle to a spider’s web)

     

                personification-giving humans qualities to an object, especially in nature

     

    “When Dawn came and with her crimson streamers lit the sky”

    (dawn is when the sun comes up, we can tell it is personified b/c it is also capitalized like a person’s name)

     

    Open-ended Question (10 points)

     

    Explain how the theme that “People must overcome obstacles and challenges in their journey through life to reach their goals, happiness, and success” is illustrated in The Odyssey.

     

    Odysseus has angered the god Poseidon

    Poseidon curses his journey home

    Takes 10 years

    Encounters many obstacles

                The sirens

                Cyclops

                Scylla and Charybdis

                The Lotus Eaters

    Each time Odysseus uses him BRAIN to figure out a way around the obstacle

    Finally gets home to his wife, Penelope, and son Telemachus

     

    Part 6: Romeo and Juliet

     

    True or False--5 questions (5 points)

     

    1.What is the literary genre of Romeo and Juliet?     Drama/Play a TRAGEDY

     

    1. What is the setting of Baz Lurhmann’s film, Romeo and Juliet?

    Modern day, Verona Beach in California

     

     

    3. What is the definition of “feud”?

    A long, long, never-ending fight between 2 families

    4. What is the definition of “prologue”?

    Beginning of a story, tells the audience the ending!

    Must read the story to find out the HOWS and WHYs

    5. What is William Shakespeare most known for?

    Greatest author of the English language

    Wrote many plays

    Wrote hundreds of poem

    Created/invented hundreds of words and sayings in the English language.

     

    Quote Identification--15 points (Pick 3 of 5 to answer, 5 points each)

     

    Identify which character said each quote, the time in the film quote was said, and what the quote means.

     

    1.”O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?  Juliet on the balcony

    Deny thy father and refuse thy name:

    Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love

    And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”

     

     

     

     

    2. “That this alliance may so happy prove                  Father Lawrence

    To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.”

     

     

     

     

     

    3. “A plague on both your houses!”                             Mercutio

     

     

     

     

    4. “O, I am fortune’s fool!”                                          Romeo

     

     

     

    5. “Peace? I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.”           Tybalt

               

    Open-ended Question (10 points)

     

    Explain how one of the devices below is illustrated in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet.

     

                -religious symbolism

    Shots of the setting of Verona show religious statues and crosses

    Juliet’s death, lined with crosses

                -water motif

    Romeo and Juliet see each other for the first time through an aquarium-ROMANTIC

    They fall into the pool drowning in their love

                -foil characters

    Tybalt (aggressive, looking for a fight) Romeo (a romantic, looking for love)

                -theme of impetuous (impulsive) love           

    Romeo is devastated when Rosaline breaks up with him

    Romeo falls in love with Juliet at first sight

    Romeo and Juliet secretly marry even though they know their families are enemies

    Romeo and Juliet commit suicide b/c they cannot be together

     

     

     

    Part 7: Looking for Alaska

     

    Vocabulary--10 points (1 point each)

     

                Adonis-from Greek mythology, a perfect man

     

                almanac-a book printed every year of facts, the weather

     

                contraband-illegal substances (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pornography)

     

                denial-refuse to accept the truth (first stage of grief in death and dying)

     

                generic-a no name product, no trademark

     

                gratuitous-unnecessary, not needed

     

                hazing-harass or embarrass new members

     

                impulsive-acting before you think

     

                intoxicated-lose control of mind and body due to alcohol or drugs

     

                mortician-funeral director, undertaker

     

     

    Open-ended Question--10 points

    Explain how Alaska acquired her unusual and unique first name.

    Ordinary name

    Mary Frances Young

    Her parents, hippies

    7th birthday present

    Choose her own name

    Globe, chose Alaska

    Big and far away

    Alaska. Alyeska, literally means “that which the sea breaks against”
    She loved that