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Lord of the Flies Test Review

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  • Q1
    Which character sharpened a stick at both ends?
  • Q2
    Which of the following symbols best symbolizes authority and order?
    Piggy’s specs
    The beast
    The conch
    The fire
  • Q3
    What function does water serve in the novel?
    It rinses the boys’ guilt away
    It purifies the boys
    It cleans the first from their souls
    It washes away death.
  • Q4
    Which of the following major symbols best symbolizes wisdom throughout the novel?
    The conch
    The pig’s head
    The fire
    Piggy’s glasses
  • Q5
    What is ironic about the fire at the end of the novel?
    Jack wanted the fire, but then it almost killed him.
    Piggy was right; the fire did need to be large.
    The fire was large enough to threaten Ralph but too small to be seen.
    The only reason the fire was big enough to be seen is because it was intended to kill Ralph.
  • Q6
    Which of the following quotations most clearly illustrates Ralph’s understanding that all people are inherently evil?
    He tried to remember. ‘Smoke,’ he said, ‘we want smoke. . . . .’
    ’All this I meant to say. Now I've said it. You voted me for chief. Now you do what I say.’ They quieted, slowly, and at last were seated again. Ralph dropped down and spoke in his ordinary voice.
    And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
    My daddy says there's things, what d'you call'em that make ink―squids―that are hundreds of yards long and eat whales whole. . . I don't believe in the beast of course. . . but we don't know, do we?
  • Q7
    The pig’s head on the spear is most likely a symbol for
  • Q8
    Which character represents the ability to see the truth?
  • Q9
    Which of the following quotations best reveals Golding’s view of human nature?
    ’I'm scared of him,’ said Piggy, ‘and that's why I know him. If you're scared of someone you hate him but you can't stop thinking about him. You kid yourself he's all right really, an' then when you see him again; it's like asthma an' you can't breathe.’
    ’Maybe,’ he said hesitantly, ‘maybe there is a beast.. . . What I mean is... maybe it's only us.’”
    The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made; the fair boy called Ralph smiled vaguely, stood up, and began to make his way once more toward the lagoon.
    ’This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself.’
  • Q10
    'Aren't there any grownups at all?' 'I don't think so.' The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy. 'No grownups!' The previous quotation illustrates which part of Freytag’s Plot Pyramid?
    Falling Action
  • Q11
    Which character fights "to get near and hurt the brown vulnerable flesh"?
  • Q12
    What phrase BEST sums up Golding's message about human nature in the novel?
    Nature always trumps (or beats) nurture.
    Only the strongest survive.
    Moral society is corrupt and leads to the corruption of all people.
    Civilization is all that keeps our evil in check.
  • Q13
    Which quotation illustrates Simon's view towards the beast?
    'You have doctors for everything, even the inside of your mind...'
    'I mean when Jack says you can be frightened because people are frightened anyway...'
    'Maybe,' he said hesitantly, 'maybe there is a beast. What I mean is. . . maybe it’s only us.'
    'My daddy says there's things, what d'you call'em that make ink...'
  • Q14
    Which biblical scene does Simon’s conversation with the sow’s head on a stick allegorize?
    Christ being tempted by Satan after the end of his 40 days of fasting.
    Jesus casting the evil spirit out of the herd of swine.
    God appearing to Noah to warn him of the impending flood.
    Christ’s crucifixion by order of Pontius Pilate.
  • Q15
    According to Freud, the superego is the morality center of the brain. Which character best represents the superego?

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