This reading quiz covers chapter eight of the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison. The file contains two 10-question versions and an answer key.
I use this type of quiz in my own classroom in order to thwart online summaries available on sites like Sparknotes and Shmoop. When I assign reading, I want my students to actually read the text of the novel. Therefore, instead of quiz questions that focus on general plot and characterization, this type of quiz focuses on: (1) proper nouns (like the names of minor characters and places in the setting), (2) numbers of things, (3) lists (like naming one of the items on a shelf), (4) colors, (5) pronoun antecedent, and (6) other specific details that should be apparent after a night of close reading. My intent is not to trick students and force them to resort to recording long lists of minutiae; instead, it’s to encourage them to read closely, critically, and consciously so that they consider the choices the author is making. We can then discuss the effect or impact of these choices during a follow-up class discussion (but first I need a means of encouraging students to read).
If you would like to purchase separate quizzes for some of the other chapters in the novel, please visit my store. If you would prefer to purchase a discounted bundle containing quizzes for eight of the chapters, it can be found at the following link: Beloved Quizzes