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The Lady, or the Tiger

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  • Q1
    When the author states that the king “was greatly given to self-communing,” what does this say about the way he rules?
    The king advises to those around him how his decisions are based on the good for all.
    The king follows his own counsel, and does not rely on the democratic process.
    The king's selfishness is the cornerstone for the law concerning only those closest to him.
    The king limits himself to making decisions that benefits him only.
  • Q2
    How does the author show that the king is semi-barbaric?
    The king's profound mindset identifies how he really desires to see harm come to those he loves.
    The king demonstrates his progressive side by his use of the public arena, in which “the minds of his subjects were refined and cultured.”
    His unethical instructions to the princess claims his willful sensation to humiliate the citizens of his area.
    The king challenges the authority of those around him to the extent of their death.
  • Q3
    Which conflict determined the lover’s outcome?
    The king vs. the lover
    The lover vs. the tiger
    The princess vs. jealousy
    The tiger vs the princess
  • Q4
    "The only hope for the youth in which there was any element of certainty was based upon the success of the princess in discovering this mystery." This passage is an example
  • Q5
    Which statement best expresses the main idea of the story?
    The princess must decide the fate of a young man.
    The princess is jealous of the lady behind the door.
    Every country has its own justice system.
    The king believes he is a brilliant and reasonable ruler.
  • Q6
    What is the author's purpose in writing this story?
    to present to readers a question to think about
    to persuade readers that life in ancient times was often cruel and unfair
    to explain how the king administered justice
    to make a point about rulers and their servants
  • Q7
    The main conflict in the story is about which door the princess will choose. Which of the following details contributes most to this conflict?
    The princess is jealous of the lady behind the door.
    The young man hopes that the princess will save him.
    The king is cruel.
    The princess knows the secret of the doors.
  • Q8
    The princess makes a decision about telling the young man which door to open. Her decision process is an example of
    internal conflict
  • Q9
    “The girl was lovely, but she had dared to raise her eyes to the loved one of the princess; and, with all the intensity of the savage blood transmitted to her through long lines of wholly barbaric ancestors, she hated the woman who blushed and trembled behind the silent door.” This passage creates the princess as
    a woman who defines justice as it's all in the "eye of the beholder"
    a narrator who admits to having barbaric feelings toward the man she loves.
    a woman with a nature to allow a woman she hated to be married to the man she loved.
    ironically just as devilish as her father
  • Q10
    No matter how the affair turned out, the youth would be disposed of; and the king would take an aesthetic pleasure in watching the course of events. This passage shows
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    the king's connection to the theme of love and trust
    the narrator's first person-of-view
    indirect dialogue in which the reader understands how the king truly feels about the youth.
    the king's external conflict with not only the lover but his daughter as well.
  • Q11
    “…her soul at a white heat beneath the combined fires of despair and jealousy. She had lost him, but who should have him?” This passage allows the reader to understand
    the flashback of knowing her lover was deceptive in his love in return.
    the point of view is significant because the princess' mindset is confusion.
    the setting is relevant because the two doors give the princess a choice thus establishing a conflict.
    the relationship that the prince had with the princess created a mood of justice.
  • Q12
    The question of her decision is one not to be lightly considered, and it is not for me to set myself up as the one person able to answer it. And so I leave it with all of you: Which came out of the opened door,--the lady, or the tiger? This last paragraph of the story is ironic because
    the public arena doesn’t administer justice at all
    the audience is struck by what a grand figure he is
    as readers we have to reflect on our own feelings of which door to choose.
    the choice is solely dependent on luck.
  • Q13
    The decisions of this tribunal were not only fair, they were positively determinate: the accused person was instantly punished if he found himself guilty, and, if innocent, he was rewarded on the spot, whether he liked it or not. There was no escape from the judgments of the king's arena. This passage is ironic because
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    the king didn't really make the decisions of the kingdom
    the accused are never found guilty.
    the arena really doesn't provide any type of justice.
    judgments are rewarded based on the merits of favor with the king.
  • Q14
    The arena of the king...with its encircling galleries, its mysterious vaults, and its unseen passages, was an agent of poetic justice, in which crime was punished, or virtue rewarded, by the decrees of an impartial and incorruptible chance. This passage is significant because it shows
    the indirect involvement the arena will have on the story
    the narrator's intentional diction with attempts to provide the reader with a sense of fear.
    the symbolism the arena represents to the suspense of the story
    the author's purpose in creating a unjustifiable plot.
  • Q15
    ''He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.'' This verbal irony
    focuses on the impressionistic character of the king
    dictates the foreshadowing of the decision that will soon come
    draws the reader to conclude that the king and his daughter do not communicate much.
    provides the reader with an impression that the king is an irrational authoritarian.

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