The poem, “The Haunted Oak" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, is followed by 10 multiple choice questions and 4 open-ended questions. In addition to the answers to the multiple choice questions, the answer key also has explanations and possible responses to every open-ended question.
The questions that follow the poem test a variety of reading comprehension and literary analysis skills. Students who regularly complete these reading comprehension tasks will be well prepared for any reading comprehension test, including common core, ACT and SAT.
Question 1 Distinguishing Among Genres of Poetry
Question 2 Analyzing Cause and Effect
Question 3 Making Inferences
Question 4 Examining Cultures and Historical Periods
Question 5 Analyzing Figurative Language
Question 6 Analyzing Diction
Question 7 Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Question 8 Drawing Conclusions
Question 9 Making Inferences
Question 10 Analyzing Development of Tone/Mood
Question 11 Analyzing Sound Devices and Rhythm
Question 12 Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Question 13 Evaluating Author’s Craft
Question 14 Interpreting Theme and Main Idea
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