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A large set of reading comprehension quizzes covering assorted stories commonly used in World Literature courses. Many of the stories in the set of quizzes are available online, so even if you don't have the textbook I use, or any World Literature textbook, you may find this download useful. You might want to assign these stories as core readings, or use them as extra credit or as the backbone of a summer school curriculum. Either way, the assessment piece is taken care of for you.
Teacher convenience is a hallmark of my products.
Therefore, each quiz is included as a Microsoft Word file that you can edit if you wish, or print out as is to distribute. This would be the primary format educators find useful.
However, for those of you who are accustomed to electronic testing, I provide:
---an Examview .tst file for each quiz -- these can also be printed and used as worksheets, or they can be used in conjunction with Examview or CPS software.
---an Examview .eot file. These will be convenient in case you already use the "Examview Test Manager" to do LAN-based testing over your school network. Additionally, a sample Examview class file with the quizzes pre-loaded as assignments has been created for use with the "Examview Test Manager." See the helpful notes included with the download for more information.
Most of the quizzes have 10 questions and begin with a question or two about the author's life and/or writing style. A couple of quizzes are based on very short works of literature and so have only 5 questions. All questions are multiple choice. See the sample file, a quiz on "A Sunrise on the Veld" by Doris Lessing, for an example.
Quizzes included in this download cover the following stories:
"A Country Doctor" by Franz Kafka
"A Drink in the Passage" by Alan Paton
"A Sunrise on the Veld" by Doris Lessing
"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez
"An Outpost of Progress" by Joseph Conrad
"Araby" by James Joyce
"Downtown" by Fumiko Hayashi
"Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti
"Good Climate, Friendly Inhabibitants" by Nadine Gordimer
"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy
"In a Grove" by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
"Lament for Ignacio SÃ¡nchez MejÃas" by Federico GarcÃa Lorca
"Marriage is a Private Affair" by Chinua Achere
"Mista Courifer" by Adelaide Casely-Hayford
"One Soldier" by Katai Tayama
"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe
"The Damask Drum" by Motokiyo Zeami
"The Doctor's Divorce" by S.Y. Agnon
"The Fly" by Katherine Mansfield
"The Guest" by Albert Camus
"The Heavenly Christmas Tree" by Fyodor Dostoyevski
"The Inextinguishable Race" by Silvina Ocampo
"The Kiss" by Anton Chekhov
"The Lovers" by Bessie Head
"The Man Had no Useful Work" by Rabindranath Tagore
"The New Year's Sacrifice" by Lu Hsun
"The Other Wife" by Colette
"The Outlaws" by Selma Lagerlof
"The Rain Came" by Grace A. Ogot
"The Shadow" by Hans Christian Anderson
"The Tree" by Maria Luisa Bombal
"The Trials of Brother Jero" by Wole Soyinka
"War" by Luigi Pirandello
All of these stories are included in the textbook "World Literature: An Anthology of Great Short Stories, Drama, and Poetry" edited by Donna Rosenberg, but many of these stories are probably in the world literature textbook in use in your classroom.
Providing each test in three formats means that you can use the files in a variety of ways, including with electronic assessment systems such as Examview or CPS. Or they can be printed out and administered in paper/pencil format.
These are also good to assign for extra credit or individualized work such as in a summer school / home-study program. Having 33 quizzes at your fingertips means a wealth of flexibility.
Literature Quizzes by Elise Parker