This zipped folder contains four separate reading quizzes for the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The four quizzes cover Chapters 6-12, 18-22, 28-31, and 37-40, respectively. Each quiz includes three five-question versions and an answer key. The files are composed in Word.
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) identifying the pronoun antecedent in direct quotes, and (3) 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).