Study Guide for Literature Test
This guide will help you focus your studying for the test on our literature selections, “Aaron’s Gift” and “Water.”
Section 1: Critical Reading
This section consists of 15 multiple choice questions worth 4 points each. They ask specific questions about:
• Aaron and his family’s actions, motives and character traits
• Helen’s actions, motives and ways of thinking
• How to use context to define words
• Identification of the climax, or turning point, in each story and the events leading up to it
Here is a sample question from the test:
To Helen Keller in “Water,” what is the difference between a “wordless sensation” and a “thought”?
a. Sensations give people more pleasure than thoughts.
b. A thought is more interesting than a sensation.
c. A sensation can’t be expressed in words.
d. An understanding of language is necessary to have a real thought.
Section 2: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Grammar
This section consists of 5 multiple choice questions about the vocabulary words introduced in the selection, the spelling rule we covered (adding endings to words ending in y), and the identification of verb phrases (helping verb + main verb). Know the meaning of the vocabulary words and how to identify correctly, or incorrectly, spelled words. Do not ignore the vocabulary and grammar. Many points are lost here. These questions are also worth 4 points each.
Section 3: Essay Questions
Your 5 paragraph Response to Literature essay will be replacing the usual essay questions this time. Your essay will consist of:
1. An introductory paragraph where you state the purpose of the essay, which is to analyze the main character and the setting of “Aaron’s Gift”
2. A brief summary paragraph that gives the reader a good idea about who the characters are, where the story takes place, and what the basic plot is. Dress-ups and sentence openers are required in this paragraph.
3. A Character Analysis paragraph that follows the same format as the character analysis paragraphs we have been writing all year. Dress-up and sentence openers are required in this paragraph.
4. A Setting Analysis paragraph that follows the same format as the character analysis paragraphs we have been writing all year. Dress-up and sentence openers are required in this paragraph.
5. A concluding paragraph that restates the purpose of your essay and leaves the reader with some final thoughts.
I am requesting that is essay be typed following these formatting standards:
• Times New Roman font
• 12 or 14 pt type
• 1.5 or double line spacing
If it is impossible for you to type the essay, please write in blue or black ink and skip lines.
The completed essay is due on Friday, December 7.