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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Jack ask Ralph for when he arrives at the camp in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?
(a) Piggy's glass.
(b) Water.
(c) The shell.
(d) A spear.

2. The word “leviathan” that is used in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air” refers to what?
(a) A spaceship.
(b) A hawk.
(c) A political organization.
(d) A sea monster.

3. When Jack suggests that “the castle” would make an excellent fort in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air,” this is an example of what literary technique?
(a) Onomatopoeia.
(b) Foreshadowing.
(c) Interrogation.
(d) Religious allusion.

4. Who suggests at the impromptu meeting in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air,” “Couldn’t we—kind of—stay here? Maybe the beast won’t come near us”?
(a) Piggy.
(b) Phil.
(c) Jack.
(d) Bill.

5. What literary technique is used in the following sentence from Chapter 4: “Painted Faces and Long Hair”? “When the sun sank, darkness dropped on the island like an extinguisher.”
(a) Dramatic irony.
(b) Literary allusion.
(c) Onomatopoeia.
(d) Simile.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the boys are trying to figure out how to light a fire in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain,” who says, “You make a bow and spin the arrow”?

2. Where are the boys in Lord of the Flies from originally?

3. Which of the boys had, in his “other life… received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand,” according to the narrator in Chapter 4: “Painted Faces and Long Hair”?

4. What color are the pig droppings that Jack finds in the forest in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?

5. When Jack arrives at the huts, Ralph says that his hunters have been back at camp hours ago and have been doing what, in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the first characters introduced in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”? How are they described?

2. Why does Ralph confront Jack in the beginning of Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”? How does Jack respond?

3. Why do you think Piggy’s statements during the meeting are largely ignored in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”?

4. How have Ralph’s feelings about Piggy begun to change in Chapter 5: “Beast from Water”?

5. What is discussed as the “main point” of the meeting in Chapter 5: “Beast from Water”?

6. What is found at the castle rock in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air”? Where do the boys go next?

7. How do the majority of the boys spend their time in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?

8. What does the conch shell come to represent symbolically in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”? Why?

9. What element of fear and suspense is introduced during the meeting in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”

10. Why does Ralph allow Jack to take the lead in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air”? What consequences does this have?

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