54 pages 1 hour read

John Updike


Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1961

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Multiple Choice

1. “You know, it’s one thing to have a girl in a bathing suit down on the beach… and another thing in the cool of the A&P.” What literary device is exemplified here?

A) Juxtaposition

B) Metaphor

C) Epiphany

D) Foreshadowing

2. What literary device is exemplified in the line, “You wouldn’t have known there could be anything whiter than those shoulders”?

A) Personification

B) Imagery

C) Simile

D) Hyperbole

3. Which quote is a description of Queenie?

A) “The one that caught my eye at first was the one in the plaid green two-piece.” (Paragraph 1)

B) “The longer her neck was, the more of her there was.” (Paragraph 3)

C) “[A] tall one, with black hair that hadn’t quite frizzed right” (Paragraph 2)

D) “The fat one with the tan sort of fumbled with the cookies” (Paragraph 5)

4. Which best describes the effect of the narrator’s description of Stokesie’s life?

A) It makes the reader sympathize with the girls.

B) It makes Stokesie’s life seem attractive.

C) It characterizes the life Sammy hopes to have one day.

D) It shows the probable future of most young men in Sammy’s town.

5. Which best describes how Lengel treats the girls?