This passage isadapted from the short story “Going Home” by Lucretia Prynne (? 2007 byLucretia Prynne).

1. The primary purpose of thefirst paragraph is to:

A. describe the narrator'stransition from her everyday, working life in the city to the world of herrural childhood.

B. explain why the narratorbecomes so frustrated when she arrives at her mother's house in thecountryside.

C. give the reader enoughbackground about the setting of the story to explain the events of the laterparts of the passage.

D. foreshadow the narrator'sfeelings of abandonment as described in the last paragraphs of the passage.


2. The narrator considers theweather in Alabama during the summer time to be:

F. humid and extremely hot.

G. unbearably hot andmiserable.

H. cool and breezy.

J. pleasantly familiar.


3. It can reasonably beinferred from the second paragraph (lines 15-28) that the narrator's feelingsupon seeing her childhood home are feelings of:

A. surprise at the dilapidatedstate of the building.

B. frustration and angertoward her mother.

C. joy tinged with fatiguecaused by her travels.

D. familiar recognitioncombined with nervousness.


4. The best description of thepoint of view from which this passage is told is that of a:

F. daughter describing herthoughts during an event in her adult life.

G. daughter reminiscing abouther distant childhood in Alabama.

H. mother remembering herdaughter's visit to the family home.

J. mother who longs to visither adult daughter but cannot.


5. As it is used in line 28,the word braced most nearly means:

A. fastened.

B. straightened.

C. prepared.

D. supported.


6. As revealed in the passage,the mother is best described as:

F. harsh and uncompromising.

G. uneducated yet wise.

H. altruistic and warm.

J. distant but caring.


7. The central concernpresented in the passage is:

A. the anger that a daughterfeels toward her distant mother and her struggles to overcome this anger.

B. the conflicting emotionsexperienced by the narrator upon her homecoming from her life in the city tothe rural childhood of her youth.

C. the narrator's realizationthat her mother has aged terribly during the four years the narrator spent incollege.

D. an older woman's cautiousbut willful acceptance of her daughter's foreign lifestyle as the older womanis forced to stay in her hometown.


8. The relationship betweenthe narrator and her mother, as described in the last paragraph (lines 60-71)of the passage, could best be described as:

F. extremely close, built onfrank emotional openness and mutual respect of one another's independentdecisions.

G. based on unspoken thoughts,leading to occasional misunderstandings, but ultimately supportive and caring.

H. antagonistic, largely dueto the mother's unwillingness to support her daughter's independent decision tomove away.

J. a very distantrelationship, largely nonexistent outside of rare visits on the part of thedaughter.


9. The emotional states of thecharacters are primarily conveyed by the author's use of:

A. metaphorical descriptions ofthe setting.

B. subtle but emotionallycharged dialogue.

C. visual descriptions andnarrative reflections.

D. detailed psychologicalportraits by an objective narrator.


10. As revealed in the finalparagraph, upon seeing her mother at the sink, the narrator, for the firsttime, realizes which of the following?

F. She wants desperately forher mother to be more expressive of her emotions.

G. Her mother has aged to suchan extent that the daughter has trouble recognizing her and the house in whichshe lives.

H. It is difficult to leavesomeone and not be able to visit them every year during the holidays.

J. Her mother has beensupportive of the narrator's decision to leave but has not expressed it in away the narrator expects.



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