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					 Rapid Reading Review
                                           Fall Final, 2011

Please read the following passages
and answer the questions that correspond to them.
On Turning Ten –Billy Collins

 The whole idea of it makes me feel
 like I'm coming down with something,
 something worse than any stomach ache
 or the headaches I get from reading in bad
 a kind of measles of the spirit,
 a mumps of the psyche,
 a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

“On Turning Ten” by Billy Collins
p. 1.
You tell me it is too early to be looking back,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

“On Turning Ten” by Billy Collins
p. 2.
   But now I am mostly at the window
    watching the late afternoon light.
    Back then it never fell so solemnly
    against the side of my tree house,
    and my bicycle never leaned against the
    as it does today,
    all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

“On Turning Ten” by Billy Collins
p. 3.
 This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
 as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
 It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary
 time to turn the first big number.

 It seems only yesterday I used to believe
 there was nothing under my skin but light.
 If you cut me I could shine.
 But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
 I skin my knees. I bleed.

“On Turning Ten” by Billy Collins
p. 4.
The title “On Turning” of this piece
 provides which of the following?

A. Author’s purpose
B. Theme
C. Topic
D. Setting

66. (On Turning Ten)
Which of the following best depicts the
 theme of this piece?

A. Growing up sucks!
B. Growing older can be a positive
 experience if one has a good attitude.
C. With age comes the loss of innocence
 and nostalgia.
D. Growing pains are difficult, but they too
 will pass.

67. (On Turning Ten)
One can infer that “You” in the second
 stanza (page 2) is which of the

A. An Arabian wizard
B. The narrator’s sibling
C. An adult the narrator knows
D. God or a higher power

68. (On Turning Ten)
In stanza three (page 3), the word
 solemnly means which of the

A. joyfully
B. angrily
C. gloomily
D. brightly

69. (On Turning Ten)
Which of the following best describes
 the overall tone of this piece?

A. nostalgic (longing for the past)
B. grateful (thankful)
C. patriotic (loving one’s country)
D. temperamental (overly sensitive and

70. (On Turning Ten)
Please Note:

The last 5 questions
 correspond to the handout
 entitled “Old Age is a Gift
 – I Have Decided”

(You’re almost done.)
This piece is told from which point of

A. omniscient pov
B. 1 person pov
C. limited pov
D. Both b & c
E. 3 person point of view

71. (Old Age is a Gift)
This piece can be best described as…

A. a personal essay
B. a novel
C. a play
D. a dramatic poem

72. (Old Age is a Gift)
Which of the following lines (in bold)
 contains a paradox or contradiction?

A. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and
  will never know the joy of being imperfect.
B. As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself,
  and less critical of myself.
C. I like being old. It has set me free. I like the
  person I have become.
D. Whose business is it if I choose to read or
  play on the computer until 4 am, and sleep until

73. (Old Age is a Gift)
Which of the following best describes
 the primary conflict found within this

A. Person vs. technology
B. Person vs. Jeremy
C. Person vs. person
D. Person vs. society

74. (Old Age is a Gift)
The aim of this piece is to do which of the

A. To encourage the reader to simply accept
 aging as natural process of life.
B. To live life to the fullest at all stages of life,
 including old age.
C. To warn the reader that he/she too will one
 day grow old.
D. To encourage the reader to embrace death
 as a natural process of life.

75. (Old Age is a Gift)

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