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Short Stories
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Mysterious Taxonomy
Which creature is central to Arthur Conan Doyle's story about the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville?
A. Equus caballus
B. Ursus horribilis
C. Canis familiaris
D. Felis domesticus
E. Branta canadensis
 
Tall Titles
What story by Ernest Hemingway includes a snow-covered, 19,710-foot mountain in its title?
 
Poignant Pleas
Who said, "Skin me. Snatch out my eyeballs. Roast me.
But please don't fling me in dat briar patch."?
A. Pippi
B. Baloo
C. Eeyore
D. Mr. Toad
E. Br'er Rabbit
 
Time Frames
The story which includes a character named Ebeneezer Scrooge takes place on what two days of the month?
 
Entomological Characters
An entomologist would be most interested in which fictional character?
A. Yorik
B. Modred
C. Quasimodo
D. Henry Jekyll
E. Gregor Samsa
 
Literary Collections
James Michener won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for a collection of eighteen stories which involved descendants of the Bounty mutineers. Name the collection.
 
Phictional Physicians
Name the mild-mannered physician who is transformed into a demonic thug by drinking a potion produced in his laboratory.
A. Dr. Moreau
B. Dr. Jekyll
C. Dr. Doolittle
D. Dr. Livingstone
E. Dr. Frankenstein
 
Not Normal Narrators
From what story are these lines taken?
"Villains!" I shrieked. "Dissemble no more!
I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! - Here!
It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
 
Story Endings
Frank Stockton wrote a story in which the ending is left to the reader's judgment. A man stands up before two doors. Behind one is a tiger. Behind the other is a ...
A. lion
B. lady
C. fleet horse
D. cask of gold
E. king's crown
 
Kipling Kings
In what story does the shrewd English trader, Daniel Dravot, set himself up as god and king in Kafristan, dividing the kingdom with his companion, Peachey Carnehan?
 
Comic Characterization
The author said that which character looked like "some scarecrow eloped from a corn field"?
A. Jim Hawkins
B. Oliver Twist
C. Bilbo Baggins
D. Ichabod Crane
E. Johnny Tremain
 
Speshul Storees
This is from what story by Daniel Keyes?
Dr. Strauss says I shud rite down what I think
and evrey thing that happins to me. I hope
they use me. Miss Kinnian says maybe they
can make me smart. I want to be smart.
 
Small Casts
A dog and a man are the only two characters in which story?
A. The Veldt
B. The Lottery
C. To Build a Fire
D. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
E. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
 
American Literature
Identify the story in which Jabez Stone, a New Hampshire farmer, sells his soul to the devil and then, when Mr. Scratch comes to collect, retains a famous lawyer and orator to save him.
 
Literary Themes
Which author created many stories based on a "rags to riches" theme?
A. Irving Stone
B. Henry James
C. Owen Wister
D. Horatio Alger
E. Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
Shocking Stories
Name the character who spoke this line in a short story.
Hunting? Good heavens, General Zaroff,
what you speak of is murder!
 
Types of Tales
Which is a ratiocinative tale?
A. Wuthering Heights
B. The Purloined Letter
C. Mutiny on the Bounty
D. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
E. Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox
 
Story Settings
What U.S. state is the main setting for Bret Harte's collection of short stories, "The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches"?
 
Dreamy Characters
Who created a character named Walter Mitty?
A. Cotton Mather
B. James Thurber
C. Ambrose Bierce
D. George Santayana
E. Tennessee Williams
 
Uplifting Stories
This is from what story?
While Pascal cried over his dead balloon, the
strangest thing happened! Everywhere balloons
were flying up into the air forming a line high
into the sky! It was the revolt of all captive balloons!
 
Protagonists
Who is the protagonist in Ernest Hemingway's early short stories?
A. Nick Adams
B. Henry Adams
C. Charles Adams
D. Douglas Adams
E. Samuel Adams
 
Simple Stories
What American author wrote a series of sketches of urban life including "Simple Speaks His Mind" and "Simple Takes a Wife"?
 
Surprise Endings
In which story does a soldier have a vivid dream just before he is hanged?
A. Sirens of Titan
B. The Open Boat
C. The Man Without a Country
D. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
E. After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
 
Legendary Plots
What story tells of a physician who uses a legendary fountain to temporarily restore youth to his four companions?
 
Metamorphosis
In which story does metamorphosis not play a major part?
A. The Story of King Midas
B. The Beauty and the Beast
C. The Island of Dr. Moreau
D. The Princess and the Frog
E. The Prince and the Pauper
 
Mortal Enemies
In Kipling's story, what kind of creature is Rikki-tikki-tavi's enemy?
 
Happy Couples
This is from what story?
The two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which
they took a mighty pride were Jim's gold watch and Della's hair.

A. The Bear
B. The Lottery
C. The Monkey's Paw
D. The Gift of the Magi
E. The Ransom of Red Chief
 
Long Title, Short Story
Who, fortunately, did not give this title to one of his famous short stories?
The Plunge of the Domicile of a Family
Whose Name Indicates the Person Who
Escorts You to Your Seat in a Theater.
 
Patriotic Literature
Edward Everett Hale's "The Man Without a Country" was written to arouse patriotism during the ...
A. Civil War
B. War of 1812
C. First World War
D. American Revolution
E. Spanish-American War
 
River Trips
Marlow goes up the Congo River and meets a white trader named Kurtz who dies while uttering, "The horror! The horror!" in what short story by Joseph Conrad?

 
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Answers to Short Stories
1. C
2. The Snows of Kilimanjaro
3. E
4. 24th and 25th
5. E
6. Tales of the South Pacific
7. B
8. The Tell-Tale Heart
9. B
10. The Man Who Would Be King
11. D
12. Flowers for Algernon
13. C
14. The Devil and Daniel Webster
15. D
16. Rainsford
17. B
18. California
19. B
20. The Red Balloon
21. A
22. Langston Hughes
23. D
24. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
25. E
26. cobra
27. D
28. Edgar Allan Poe
29. A
30. Heart of Darkness
 
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