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  1. The Devil and Tom Walker By: Washington Irving

  2. Please select a Team. • Blonde Hair • Red Hair • Brown Hair • Black Hair

  3. What is the story’s setting? • A Midwestern frontier pine forest, circa 1608 • The New Orleans, Louisiana, riverfront, circa 1680 • A forest near Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1727 • A pond deep in the Maine forest, circa 1850

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  5. Tom Walker might best be described as — • having been beaten down by bad luck • basically kind but misunderstood • crafty but very lazy • stingy and cruel but courageous

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  7. Tom Walker’s wife is best described as — • very generous and much loved by her neighbors • kind toward her husband, but cruel to others • yearning for companionship • fierce shrew, always nagging and yelling

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  9. In this story the woods are used to symbolize — • evil • goodness • isolation • greed

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  11. Which of the following phrases is an example of Irving’s use of humor? • “Tom consoled himself for the loss of his property, with the loss of his wife, for he was a man of fortitude.” • “He knows how to play his cards when pretty sure of his game.” • “He insisted that the money found through his means should be employed in his service.” • “ ‘You shall extort bonds, foreclose mortgages, drive the merchants to bankruptcy—.’ ”

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  13. What does Irving use to symbolize hypocrisy and hidden evil? • The devil’s deal with Tom • Mrs. Walker’s heart and liver, wrapped in the checked apron • The flourishing trees that are rotten to the core • The Walkers’ silver teapots and spoons

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  15. What enabled you to predict that the figure that appears to Tom in the forest is the devil? • He appears when Tom kicks the skull. • He has large red eyes. • He has a hoarse, growling voice. • Tom is instantly frightened.

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  17. Tom’s wife decides to go into the forest because she — • wants to escape from Tom’s unkindness • decides to make her own deal with the devil • gets lost on her way to the market • wants to pick some herbs and wild mushrooms for their meager meal

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  19. How does Tom die? • The people he has cheated rise up against him. • He falls off his horse and gets trampled. • The devil is tricked by his own words. • He is killed by Native Americans.

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  21. What happens to Tom Walker’s money at the end of the story? • It is given to the townspeople. • The townspeople seize it. • It goes to Mrs. Walker. • It turns into cinders and ashes.

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  23. What feeling about the setting does Irving want to arouse? • fear • optimism • anger • hope

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  25. Which item best contributes to the story’s mood? • “The swamp was thickly grown with great gloomy pines and hemlocks . . . which made it dark at noonday. . .” • “. . . stepping from tuft to tuft of rushes and roots . . .” • “At length he arrived at a firm piece of ground, which ran like a peninsula into the deep bosom of the swamp.” • “Nothing remained of the old Indian fort but a few embankments, gradually sinking to the level of the surrounding earth.”

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  27. “The Devil and Tom Walker” is based on the archetype of a person who — • is unhappy in marriage • lives in New England • sells his soul to the devil • hunts for treasure

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  29. Like Tom Walker, no doubt you weren’t surprised by the appearance of the devil. You were prepared because you knew that Tom — • had read or heard about other people meeting with the devil • had met the devil before • is the kind of man who is not surprised by anything • took the shortcut in order to meet the devil

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