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					Comprehension Test

The Ransom of Red Chief
O. Henry

1 Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)?
  a        Sam and Bill have two hundred dollars at the beginning of the story.
  b        Ebenezer Dorset is the richest man in the town of Summit.
  c        Ebenezer Dorset has three boys.
  d        The Dorsets live in a big house.
  e        It is easy for Bill and Sam to kidnap Johnny.
  f        Johnny likes camping.
  g        Bill likes spiders.
  h        Sam and Bill write a letter to Mr Dorset.
  i        Mr Dorset pays Sam and Bill $200.
  j        Johnny wants to go home.

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2 Put the following events in the story in the right order. Number them 1–10.
  a        Bill and Sam see that Mr Dorset is the richest man in Summit.
  b        A boy comes with an answer to the ransom letter.
  c        Bill and Sam kidnap Johnny.
  d        Mr Dorset’s letter asks Bill and Sam for $200.
  e        Sam writes a ransom letter.
  f        Sam takes the letter to the post office.
  g        Bill and Sam pay the money and leave town.
  h        Bill and Sam arrive in Summit.
  i        Johnny gives a spider to Bill.
  j        Johnny puts feathers on his head.

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3 Who says this? Bill, Johnny, Mr Dorset, Sam, a woman
  a ‘We can kidnap someone here.’
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  b ‘He’s a lot of trouble.’
     .........................
  c ‘Oh, good! Someone wants a fight!’
     .........................
  d ‘I don’t like girls.’
     .........................
  e ‘We must write a letter now.’
     .........................
  f ‘Come here, you little monster.’
     .........................
  g ‘Is there a post office near here?’
     .........................
  h ‘Let’s play!’
     .........................
  i ‘Now you’re in BIG trouble.’
     .........................
  j ‘I can hold him for about ten minutes.’

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4 Who in the story . . .
  a is the richest person in Summit? .........................
  b is Mr Dorset’s son? .........................
  c doesn’t want to go home? .........................
  d doesn’t like spiders? .........................
  e writes the letter to Mr Dorset? .........................
  f are the two desperate men? ......................... and .........................
  g takes the letter to town? .........................
  h brings the answer to the letter? .........................
  i gets $200? .........................

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5 Match a word from A with a definition from B.



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  A                B
  1    catch       a when people hit or kick each other
  2    desperate   b a very bad person
  3    dinner      c Sam and Bill do this to Johnny
  4    dream       d Sam and Bill are men
  5    fight       e Mr Dorset is very . . .
  6    kidnap      f a meal that you eat in the evening
  7    knock       g run after and take hold of
  8    monster     h pictures in your head when sleep
  9    ransom      i the money that kidnappers ask for
  10   rich        j hit with your hand

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Multiple-choice Test

The Ransom of Red Chief
O. Henry


Setting

  Choose the best answer.
  1 Bill and Sam arrive in the town of _____.
    a [ ] Summer b [ ] Summit           c [ ] Submit      d [ ] Sunny
  2 They have _____ hundred dollars.
    a [ ] one b [ ] two       c [ ] three d [ ] four
  3 Bill and Sam want to _____ someone.
    a [ ] see b [ ] kidnap      c [ ] talk to    d [ ] stop
  4 _____ is the richest man in town.
    a [ ] Ebenezer Dorset      b [ ] Bill    c [ ] Johnny d [ ] Sam
  5 Mr and Mrs Dorset have _____.
    a [ ] one girl    b [ ] two girls   c [ ] one boy d [ ] two boys
  6 The next day Bill and Sam look at the _____.
    a [ ] house b [ ] hotel c [ ] train         d [ ] horse
  7 Johnny wants to _____ Bill and Sam.
    a [ ] talk to    b [ ] play with    c [ ] fight   d [ ] write to
  8 Johnny is _____.
    a [ ] afraid     b [ ] desperate c [ ] stupid      d [ ] strong
  9 Johnny doesn’t want to go _____.
    a [ ] to the bank     b [ ] home     c [ ] to the hotel   d [ ] on the train
 10 Sam takes the _____ back to town.
    a [ ] train     b [ ] boy c [ ] horse d [ ] cat

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  Characters

  Choose the best answer.
 11 Sam and _____ are on the train.


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    a [ ] Johnny b [ ] Mr Dorset         c [ ] Mrs Dorset         d [ ] Bill
 12 Bill is not _____.
    a [ ] having a nice day b [ ] on the train          c [ ] with Sam         d [ ] in the town
 13 _____ has an idea.
    a [ ] Johnny b [ ] Bill        c [ ] Mr Dorset      d [ ] Sam
 14 _____ thinks there is nobody rich in the town.
    a [ ] Sam     b [ ] Mr Dorset      c [ ] Johnny d [ ] Bill
 15 _____ have lots of money.
    a [ ] Sam and Ebenezer         b [ ] Bill and Johnny
    c [ ] Mr and Mrs Dorset        d [ ] Johnny and Sam
 16 Johnny has _____ hair.
    a [ ] black    b [ ] brown c [ ] red          d [ ] white
 17 _____ has a cat.
    a [ ] Bill    b [ ] Sam      c [ ] Mrs Dorset     d [ ] Johnny
 18 _____ wants a fight.
    a [ ] Mr Dorset      b [ ] Johnny c [ ] Sam         d [ ] Bill
 19 Bill doesn’t like _____.
    a [ ] cats    b [ ] horses    c [ ] spiders     d [ ] people
 20 Bill thinks Johnny is not a boy, he is a _____.
    a [ ] monster b [ ] spider c [ ] cat            d [ ] snake

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  Dialogue

  Who says or writes this?
 21 ‘But he’s STRONG.’
    a [ ] Bill    b [ ] Sam      c [ ] Johnny d [ ] Mr Dorset
 22 ‘Don’t be afraid, Johnny. You can go home soon.’
    a [ ] Sam     b [ ] Mr Dorset      c [ ] Mrs Dorset         d [ ] Bill
 23 ‘My name is Red Chief.’
    a [ ] Johnny b [ ] Bill        c [ ] Sam      d [ ] Mr Dorset
 24 ‘Do you want to hold him?’
    a [ ] Sam     b [ ] Mrs Dorset      c [ ] Johnny d [ ] Bill
 25 ‘Come here, you little monster…’


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    a [ ] Bill   b [ ] Johnny c [ ] Sam        d [ ] Mr Dorset
 26 ‘Wait a minute! Where’s the boy?’
    a [ ] Mr Dorset    b [ ] Bill     c [ ] Sam      d [ ] Johnny
 27 ‘Go faster! Go faster!’
    a [ ] Bill   b [ ] Mr Dorset      c [ ] Sam      d [ ] Johnny
 28 ‘Ha, ha. ha! You can’t catch Red Chief!’
    a [ ] Sam    b [ ] Johnny c [ ] Bill       d [ ] Mrs Dorset
 29 ‘I have another idea for you.’
    a [ ] Johnny b [ ] Mr Dorset         c [ ] Bill     d [ ] Sam
 30 ‘I can hold him for about ten minutes.’
    a [ ] Mr Dorset    b [ ] Mrs Dorset       c [ ] Sam      d [ ] Bill

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  Vocabulary

  Choose the best answer.
 31 a meal in the early evening
    a [ ] camping b [ ] dinner c [ ] strong d [ ] high
 32 to take somebody and only return them to their friends or family for money
    a [ ] kidnap b [ ] ransom         c [ ] fight     d [ ] catch
 33 having no hope
    a [ ] trouble b [ ] monster c [ ] fight            d [ ] desperate
 34 what you say when you are in pain
    a [ ] trouble b [ ] ouch        c [ ] knock     d [ ] fight
 35 a lot of problems, or something that makes a lot of problems
    a [ ] monster b [ ] desperate c [ ] hold             d [ ] trouble
 36 keep something in your hand or hands
    a [ ] hold   b [ ] ransom       c [ ] dream     d [ ] catch
 37 to run after and take hold of
    a [ ] catch b [ ] ouch      c [ ] hold     d [ ] high
 38 having a lot of money
    a [ ] ransom    b [ ] strong c [ ] rich         d [ ] high
 39 the thing that pushes blood around the body
    a [ ] heart b [ ] nose c [ ] strong d [ ] catch


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 40 to hit with your hand
    a [ ] strong b [ ] catch c [ ] hold         d [ ] knock

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  Plot

  Choose the best answer.
 41 Bill and Sam ask Mr Dorset for _____ dollars for Johnny.
    a [ ] 1,500    b [ ] 1,000   c [ ] 500     d [ ] 50
 42 Mr Dorset must not tell _____ about the letter.
    a [ ] Mrs Dorset     b [ ] the police c [ ] Johnny d [ ] Bill and Sam
 43 Sam goes to the _____ to send the letter.
    a [ ] bank b [ ] hotel c [ ] house d [ ] post office
 44 Sam wants a big _____ and a car, and the best clothes.
    a [ ] house b [ ] horse c [ ] train         d [ ] bank
 45 Sam watches the time and Bill watches the _____.
    a [ ] horse b [ ] boy c [ ] money d [ ] house
 46 _____ goes to get the money.
    a [ ] Bill    b [ ] Sam   c [ ] Johnny d [ ] Mr Dorset
 47 Sam watches from a _____.
    a [ ] train   b [ ] hotel c [ ] horse d [ ] tree
 48 _____ puts the letter in the tree.
    a [ ] Mr Dorset      b [ ] Johnny c [ ] A boy d [ ] Bill
 49 Mr Dorset thinks the _____ is very high.
    a [ ] ransom     b [ ] tree c [ ] train     d [ ] horse
 50 Bill and Sam take Johnny _____.
    a [ ] to the hotel   b [ ] home      c [ ] to the train   d [ ] to the bank

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The Ransom of Red Chief
1 a T
  b T
  c F
  d T
  e F
   f T
  g F
  h T
   i F
   j F


2 a 2
  b 8
  c 3
  d 9
  e 6
   f 7
  g 10
  h 1
   i 5
   j 4


3 a Bill
  b a woman
  c Johnny
  d Johnny
  e Sam
   f Bill
  g Sam
  h Johnny
   i Johnny
   j Mr Dorset



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4 a Mr Dorset
  b Johnny
  c Johnny
  d Bill
  e Sam
   f Bill and Sam
  g Sam
  h a boy
   i Mr Dorset
   j Sam


5 1 g
  2 d
  3 f
  4 h
  5 a
  6 c
  7 j
  8 b
  9 i
  10 e




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The Ransom of Red Chief
Setting

   1      b
   2      b
   3      b
   4      a
   5      c
   6      a
   7      c
   8      d
   9      b
  10      c

Characters

  11      d
  12      a
  13      d
  14      d
  15      c
  16      c
  17      d
  18      b
  19      c
  20      a

Dialogue

  21      a
  22      d
  23      a
  24      c
  25      a
  26      c
  27      d
  28      b
  29      b

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  30   a

Vocabulary

  31   b
  32   a
  33   d
  34   b
  35   d
  36   a
  37   a
  38   c
  39   a
  40   d

Plot

  41   a
  42   b
  43   d
  44   a
  45   b
  46   b
  47   d
  48   c
  49   a
  50   b




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