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This test covers the entirety of the novel, "A Lesson Before Dying". It is aligned with the Common Core, and uses question stems similar to those seen on the North Carolina English II End of Course test.
The questions go deeper than comprehension and look closely at the significance of certain events, themes, and character relationships.
The first section is a character matching section. Students are given a description of characters in the book and how they are connected to either Jefferson or Grant. For example:
- Did not respect Grant due to his non-existent faith. Tried to convince Jefferson of the power of God
The second section is made up of multiple choice questions.
15. What does this quote imply about Grant’s character?
“It was you who said you never wanted to go through that back door again.”
a. This quote tells the readers that Grant was an elitist who found himself better than everyone else.
b. This quote tells the readers that due to his education, Grant was too proud to associate himself with the racial divide at the Plantation.
c. This quote tells the readers that because Grant was an educated man, he never wanted to return to the Plantation or work there.
d. This quote tells the readers that Grant was a stubborn man without any manners or respect for his white elders.
The next section deals with the conflicts between characters. Students are given a quote which represents a conflict, and they need to identify which two characters are involved in the conflict.
Finally, they are given 4 themes from the novel: redemption, obligation, injustices amongst races, and freedom as a state of mind. The students are given quotes and they need to connect them to the theme which is being presented.
There is also an essay about Grant's change throughout the novel.