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The Dinner Party: Narrative Structure Practice

Quiz by Donalyn Garrick

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  • Q1
    Which of the following events is NOT part of the exposition?
    The boy's eyes widen: he turns quickly and leaves the room. No one else sees this, nor the boy when he puts a bowl of milk on the veranda outside the glass doors.
    The American scientist does not join in the argument but sits and watches the faces of the other guests.
    A large dinner party is being given in an up-country station by a colonial official and his wife.
    The girl insists women have long outgrown the jumping-on-a-chair-at-the-sight-of-a-mouse era, that they are not as fluttery as their grandmothers.
  • Q2
    What is the central conflict of the story?
    The young girl and the colonel disagree about women's ability to remain calm in a crisis.
    The hostess struggles to remain calm.
    The American struggles to keep the dinner guests calm.
    There is a deadly cobra somewhere in the room endangering the dinner guests.
  • Q3
    Which item in the story has the strongest connection to the central conflict of the story?
    the 50 rupees
    the dinner table
    the bowl of milk
    the rafters
  • Q4
    Identify the climax of the story
    The 20 people sit like stone images while he counts. He is saying ". . . two hundred and eighty . . ." when, out of the corner of his eye, he sees the cobra emerge and make for the bowl of milk.
    he American realizes there is only one place left - under the table.
    A faint smile lights up the woman's face as she replies. "Because it was lying across my foot."
    "You certainly were right, Colonel!" the host says. "A man has just shown us an example of real control."
  • Q5
    In the following sentence, what is the most likely meaning of the word "commotion?" "But he knows the commotion will frighten the cobra, and it will strike."
    talking; conversation
    movement; motion
    tension; worry
    a noisy disturbance; an uproar

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