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Collection 6
Multiple Choice

Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selection “‘The Arrogance and Cruelty of Power.’”
____ 1. According to Jackson, the Nuremberg Trials were held to —

a.

experiment with justice on an international basis

b.

conduct abstract speculation in a realistic setting

c.

defend legalistic theories in an international setting

d.

use international law to extinguish the greatest evil of our time

____ 2. Jackson sees the defendants as —



a.

good men who are misunderstood

c.

soldiers who merely followed orders

b.

worthy of mercy

d.

masterminds of evil

____ 3. At the time of the trials, Jackson asserts that the prisoners exhibit all of the following characteristics except 



a.

brokenness

c.

remorse

b.

powerlessness

d.

humiliation

____ 4. By using the words “arrogance,” “brutality,” and “annihilation,” Jackson is appealing to —



a.

emotion

c.

ethics

b.

reason

d.

authority

____ 5. Jackson makes his speech convincing by using all of the following techniques except 



a.

a combination of appeals to reason, emotion, and ethics

b.

addressing his audience’s counterclaims

c.

word choice and syntax

d.

pattern of organization

____ 6. Jackson believes that the “first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world” carries with it a great —



a.

pleasure

c.

responsibility

b.

pain

d.

temptation

____ 7. Jackson describes the Nazi leaders on trial as —



a.

healthy

c.

pitiful

b.

remorseful

d.

sinister

____ 8. Jackson maintains that the Nazi defendants “directed such a campaign of arrogance, brutality, and annihilation” by —



a.

blind obedience

c.

misjudgment

b.

conspiracy

d.

ignorance

____ 9. Jackson accuses the Nazis of all of the following actions except



a.

ruinous policies of taxation

c.

ruthlessness in the conduct of war

b.

planning and waging war

d.

criminality toward conquered peoples

____ 10. The defendants were charged with all of the following crimes except



a.

crimes against peace

c.

crimes against humanity

b.

money laundering

d.

war crimes



Literary Focus: Persuasion and Argument

The questions below refer to the selection “‘The Arrogance and Cruelty of Power.’”
____ 11. Jackson uses methods of persuasion to convince the Tribunal of the Nazi defendants’ —

a.

regret

c.

guilt

b.

sorrow

d.

innocence

____ 12. Jackson begins his argument by setting forth —



a.

the purpose for the inquest

c.

a list of the charges

b.

what the defendants represent

d.

the legal basis of the Tribunal’s authority

____ 13. Jackson’s appeal is unemotional in all of the following details except



a.

“These men created in Germany, under the ‘Führerprinzip,’ a National Socialist despotism”

b.

“Any tenderness to them is a victory and an encouragement to all the evils”

c.

“We shall also trace for you the intricate web of organizations which these men formed”

d.

“We will show how the entire structure of offices and officials was dedicated to the criminal purposes”

____ 14. Overall, Jackson’s argument appeals to —



a.

emotion

c.

pathos

b.

authority

d.

reason



Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selection “A Noiseless Flash from Hiroshima.”
____ 15. About how many people were killed by the atomic bomb that exploded in Hiroshima?

a.

10,000

c.

100,000

b.

50,000

d.

one million

____ 16. You can infer from Reverend Mr. Tanimoto’s feelings before the bomb exploded that —



a.

the Japanese were completely surprised by the bomb

b.

few Japanese were concerned about the war or directly affected by it

c.

the Japanese were secure in their military superiority

d.

many Japanese worried about retaliatory attacks from the Allies

____ 17. Reverend Mr. Tanimoto, like most other residents of Hiroshima, is not concerned when the air-raid siren sounds because —



a.

everyone is well prepared for an attack

b.

the siren sounds at the same time every day

c.

he believes the Americans are planning to attack Nagasaki

d.

his family is safe in the countryside

____ 18. Ironically, when the bomb struck, almost no one in Hiroshima recalls —



a.

seeing injured people

c.

hearing any sound

b.

a sudden burst of light

d.

feeling any sense of fear

____ 19. After the bomb is dropped, —



a.

medical help is swift

c.

the city explodes in flames

b.

soldiers quell the panic

d.

the sky darkens

____ 20. Hersey states that Japanese radar operators did not suspect an attack on the morning of August 6, 1945, because —



a.

they spotted only three planes

b.

U.S. bombers were flying away from Japan

c.

a truce with Japan had already been declared

d.

the American bombers usually attacked at night

____ 21. Mrs. Nakamura was probably spared because of her decision to —



a.

evacuate to the local hospital

c.

stay home

b.

go to the East Parade ground

d.

hide in the church basement

____ 22. Immediately after Father Kleinsorge hears the air raid siren, he —



a.

wanders in his garden

c.

begins to read Mass

b.

stretches out on his cot

d.

changes into a military uniform

____ 23. The main theme of “A Noiseless Flash” is that —



a.

chance alone determined who survived the attack

b.

many people anticipated the nuclear attack and prepared for it

c.

most people respond methodically in emergencies

d.

all people suffer equally in a war

____ 24. The people that John Hersey focuses on can best be described as —



a.

government officials

c.

heroic soldiers

b.

ordinary people

d.

wealthy civilians



Literary Focus: Subjective and Objective Reporting

The questions below refer to the selection “A Noiseless Flash from Hiroshima.”
____ 25. When writers openly express personal emotions and attitudes toward their subjects, they are using —

a.

factual reporting

c.

subjective reporting

b.

in-depth analysis

d.

objective reporting

____ 26. Writers keep their emotions at a distance with —



a.

subjective reporting

c.

objective reporting

b.

fictional reporting

d.

firsthand reporting

____ 27. In “A Noiseless Flash,” Hersey uses all the following types of objective reporting except —



a.

historical data

c.

statistics

b.

fictional characters

d.

direct quotations



Reading Skills: Reading Closely for Details

The question below refers to the selection “A Noiseless Flash from Hiroshima.”
____ 28. If “A Noiseless Flash” had been written subjectively, the author —

a.

would have been required to use the first-person point of view

b.

could not have used quotations

c.

would not have been concerned with facts

d.

could have clearly expressed his own opinions



Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selection “Ars Poetica.”
____ 29. In “Ars Poetica,” Claribel Alegría defines herself as —

a.

a ray of sunshine

c.

a crow

b.

Venus de Milo

d.

a poet

____ 30. Who or what could “condemn” the poet to be a “crow”?



a.

Only other poets and writers

c.

Federal judges

b.

Society or herself

d.

Other birds

____ 31. You can infer from the context that the Louvre must be a —



a.

museum

c.

statue

b.

tomb

d.

government

____ 32. By using the word reigns to describe the Venus de Milo, the poet suggests that —



a.

the Venus de Milo is vastly overrated

b.

people should worship the Venus de Milo

c.

the Venus de Milo is real

d.

the Venus de Milo is regal in her beauty

____ 33. Why would the Venus de Milo “die[s] of boredom”?



a.

She does nothing but stand.

c.

People never go to see her.

b.

She would rather be a writer.

d.

She is not very intelligent.

____ 34. You can infer from Alegría’s repudiation of the Venus de Milo that the poet believes that —



a.

museums are boring

b.

people should read poems rather than view art

c.

poets should have an active role in the world

d.

the Venus de Milo is not attractive

____ 35. Which of the following lines contain alliteration?



a.

“while she reigns in the Louvre / and dies of boredom . . .”

b.

“and amid valleys / volcanos . . .”

c.

“and collects dust / I discover the sun. . . .”

d.

“How could I count my blessings . . .”

____ 36. As used in this poem, what do the “valleys,” “volcanoes,” and “debris of war” symbolize?



a.

Natural disasters

b.

Life’s low points and dramatic events

c.

Conflicts between humanity and nature

d.

The poet’s personal disappointments

____ 37. The tone of this poem is best described as —



a.

grisly

c.

hopeful

b.

despairing

d.

sad

____ 38. A theme of this poem might be —



a.

persevere and you will succeed

b.

life is difficult

c.

there is only one way to write a poem

d.

there is more than one way to skin a cat


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