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Practice SOL 2

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  • Q1
    What is the impact of the author’s decision to begin the passage with the final event in the plot?
    It creates suspense, because readers know what happens but not why.
    It creates irony, because readers understand what is happening but the characters do not.
    It creates humor, because readers do not know why the events are occurring.
    It creates foreshadowing, because readers are given clues about the narrator’s inability to surprise his mother.
    30s
  • Q2
    How do the repeated unsuccessful attempts to surprise his mother contribute to David’s eventual success?
    They stress the importance of not surprising people who can predict the outcome of things before they occur.
    They encourage David to persist in trying to surprise his mother and lead him to the final realization that the best surprises are unplanned.
    They cause David to strategize specific plans for surprises that cost a great deal in time and distance.
    They deny David the pleasure of seeing his attempts at surprising someone come to fruition.
    30s
  • Q3
    Which sentence from the passage best supports your answer to the last question?
    “‘[I]t occurred to David that although he had conclusively achieved his objective, he figured that surprising his mother was likely a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, and he mentally checked this box a
    "Unexpected, indeed. His lovely mother had uncovered a lovely bouquet of peonies in the bodega approximately thirty feet away from their apartment building-" (paragraph 7)
    “Though David was undoubtedly pleased to see his mother enjoying herself, his being plastered with cake was not the culmination of events he had contemplated; he had simply wanted to do something thoughtful for his mom."
    “Random spontaneity was his only course; he dared not contrive anything in advance, for she was certain to uncover any furtive undertakings.” (paragraph 3)
    30s
  • Q4
    Which phrase best describes the irony in this passage?
    The mother attempts to surprise the main character throughout the story, and both characters end up with unexpected surprises.
    The main character attempts to surprise his mother in ways he thinks she will not expect, but both characters end up with an unexpected surprise.
    The mother attempts to surprise the main character throughout the story, but she ends up with an unexpected surprise herself.
    The main character attempts to surprise his mother in ways he thinks she will not expect, but the mother ends up anticipating each surprise.
    30s
  • Q5
    Which sentence from the passage best supports your answer to the last question?
    “‘Oh, that must be my old hat box!’ David’s mother exclaimed as the wobbling cake box began to tip precipitously over the edge of the shelf.” (paragraph 19)
    “‘NO!’ David yelled dramatically.” (paragraph 20)
    “His mother shook with laughter.” (paragraph 21)
    “Leaping from his chair to catch the cake as it plunged to the floor, he caught it, not with his outstretched hands, but with his face.” (paragraph 20)
    30s

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