2014 Mid-Term Examination Study Guide



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2014 Mid-Term Examination Study Guide

English IV -- Marotta

Part 1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
I. Matching
1. Professor Sprout

2. Professor Quirrell’s course

3. Lily Potter

4. Mrs. Figg

5. Nimbus Two thousand

6. Fluffy

7. Nicolas Flamel

8. Professor Dumbledore


II. Multiple Choice


  1. What did Mr. Dursley do for a living?

  2. What was the first unusual thing that Mr. Dursley thought he saw as he left for work?

  3. Why was Albus Dumbledore in the Dursleys’ neighborhood?

  4. What was the first rule for a quiet life with the Dursleys?

  5. What are Muggles?

  6. Why did everyone at the train station stare at and want to meet Harry?

  7. Why didn’t Ron buy anything to eat on the train?

  8. What were the four words Professor Dumbledore spoke before the banquet at Hogwarts?

  9. Who was the Hogwarts caretaker?

  10. Who gave away the secret of how to get past Fluffy?

Part 2 – Lord of the Flies



I. True/False

  1. When Ralph is elected chief, Jack is so frustrated that he refuses to hunt.

  2. Ralph starts the signal fire by rubbing two sticks together.

  3. The signal fire goes out because Jack and the hunters neglect it.

  4. A wild boar eats the littlun who has a mulberry-colored birthmark on his face.

  5. Piggy’s parents will come find them.

  6. The conch provides a symbol for authority that the boys recognize as civilized.

  7. The main source of food on the island is food scavenged from the wreckage of the airplane.

  8. The boys murder Simon because they think that he is “batty.”

  9. Piggy is not afraid of Jack because he knows that SamnEric will protect him.

  10. Ralph and Jack initially had a mutual respect for each other that diminished by the end of the book.



II. Match the following descriptions with the choices given (A-E)

a. Ralph b. Piggy c. Jack d. Simon e. Roger




  1. dies when a rock falls on him

  2. the elected leader of the group

  3. the most evil character; kills Piggy

  4. puts his own lust for hunting ahead of everyone else’s needs

  5. sees people for what they really are

  6. represents the power-hungry dictator in society

  7. represents the mystic philosophers in society

  8. represents the good-hearted rule-following leaders in society

  9. represents the evil sadist figures in society

  10. represents the scholars in a society


III. Multiple Choice


  1. The boys are on the island because

  2. The boy with the mulberry birthmark who was fearful of the “snake-thing”

  3. The conch shell becomes a symbol of

  4. Jack changes from a civilized schoolboy to a(n)

  5. Which boy suggests, “We’ll have rules! Lots of rules!”?

  6. Simon recognizes that the beast

  7. In the early part of the novel, “a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins” prevents

  8. The bodies of Simon and Piggy are

  9. The only boy who does not participate in murder is

  10. Who starts the fire that ironically brings rescue?

  11. When Robert suggests that the game needs a real pig “because you’ve got to kill him,” what does Jack suggest using?

  12. Simon’s death represents the death of

  13. Jack impales the sow’s head on a stick

  14. While staring at the severed pig’s head, Simon has a mystical experience that reveals to him that the beast is

  15. Roger is unable to throw rocks directly at the “littlun” on the beach because

  16. Piggy’s auntie owns a

  17. What functions does the fire serve?

  18. Piggy suffers from

  19. The destruction of the conch symbolizes what?

  20. The naval officer’s comment about the boys’ fun and games is an example of

  21. The inhumanity of this fictional society is seen in its treatment of the

  22. The Lord of the Flies is a symbol of

  23. For Jack’s tribe, the need for meat becomes secondary to the

  24. The reenactment of the pig hunt in which Robert is hurt foreshadows


IV. Sequential Order-put the following events in order by sequence

  1. A parachute drags a body out to sea.

  2. A small boy with a birthmark goes missing.

  3. Ralph is elected leader.

  4. A naval officer rescues a group of children.

  5. Roger sharpens a stick at both ends for Ralph.



V. Quotes – match the quote with the appropriate speaker:

  1. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill.”

  2. “Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?”

  3. “Nobody killed, I hope. Any dead bodies?”

  4. “They’re going to hunt you tomorrow.”

  5. “I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you.”

  6. “I should have thought that a pack of British boys…would have been able to put up a better show than that.”

  7. “You’re acting like a crowd of kids!”

  8. “What are you doing here all alone? Aren’t you afraid of me?”

  9. “That’s right! Favor Piggy as you always do!”

  10. “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.”

  11. “Now I only got one eye. Just you wait!”

  12. “I got you meat!”


VI. Id, ego, superego – match each definition with the correct part of the psyche:

  1. the basic human desire to meet your own needs and also look out for others

  2. the basic human desire to meet your own needs

  3. the desire to look out for other people over yourself


VII.Match each definition with whether it represents:

  1. “I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you.”

  2. “Sam, I’m going to be all right, aren’t I?”

  3. “You all right, Piggy?”

  4. “We’ve got to keep the fire going.”


VIII. Match each character with historical figures/groups to which they can be compared:

  1. Adolf Hitler/Stalin/Mussolini

  2. Albert Einstein/Bill Gates

  3. Gandhi/ Martin Luther King

  4. authority

  5. Nazi soldiers


VIV. Match the correct item with the concept it symbolizes.

  1. rescue

  2. true sight/power

  3. authority/government

  4. savagery

  5. internal human evil


VV. Part 10. Essay (choose only ONE topic and write three paragraphs [4-5 sentences for each paragraph])
1. William Golding has said that his novel Lord of the Flies was symbolic from the beginning until the end when the boys are rescued. During the course of the novel these symbols are constantly changing, giving us a new interpretation of the island society.
Write an essay that discusses three different significant symbols from the book. Explain the significance of the symbol, why it is symbolic and how over the course of the novel that symbol changes. Make sure to explain why the changes to the symbol are significant to the interpretation of the novel (remember symbols can be both objects and characters).
2. In the novel the Lord of the Flies, author William Golding constantly has the reader questioning the true nature of humans-whether it is good or bad.
Write an essay that discusses the idea that humans are essentially good or that humans are essentially bad. Choose one side and convince your audience (me) with two detailed examples from the text and two detailed examples from the last 50 years in history that humans are essentially good or that humans are essentially bad.
3. Maybe true “world peace” is a simple minded dream of beauty pageant bubble-heads, but does that mean that people should stop trying altogether? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream; considering “human nature” should he have abandoned it? William Golding did not write Lord of the Flies to make us feel defeated but to empower us through a fuller understanding of “human nature.”
Write an essay that discusses what lessons/insights Lord of the Flies offers that people today could put to use and how they could put it to use.
4. Harry is almost a teenager before he learns of his destiny and sets off into a world of new adventures and challenges. A long tradition of heroes in literature and film share this circumstance: Theseus and Luke Skywalker, for two. What others can you think of? Why do you think this particular kind of hero—this “archetype”—has appealed to so many generations throughout history?
5. Compare and contrast Muggle and magical society. What social problems and prejudices do they have in common? Is one fairer than the other? Support your answer with details from the book.

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