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Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

            The questions below refer to the selection “Ballad of Birmingham.”

____    1. The dialogue in the poem is spoken by —
           a. the speaker and his mother                    c. the narrator and the reader
           b. a mother and daughter                         d. a baby and her sister
____    2. The main subject of the dialogue is —
           a. what a child can do that a mother approves of
           b. how to avoid trouble during a freedom march
           c. reasons to sing in a children’s choir
           d. popular places to visit in Birmingham, Alabama
____    3. The second stanza might be best summarized by saying that a —
           a. girl argues with her sister about dogs
           b. mother explains the dangers a child might face
           c. young girl decides to play at home
           d. mother marches for freedom in Birmingham
____    4. According to the third stanza, children will march in the streets of Birmingham for —
           a. fun                                           c. freedom
           b. their church                                  d. money
____    5. In the first through fourth stanzas, the outcome of the dialogue is that the —
           a. child runs away to a freedom march downtown
           b. mother tells the child to go downtown in her place
           c. child stays home and helps the mother dress for church
           d. mother tells the child to sing in the church choir
____    6. Between the fourth and fifth stanzas —
           a. the main subject of the poem changes
           b. some time passes before the narrator speaks
           c. a bomb explodes, and then the mother speaks
           d. the child runs away, upsetting the narrator
____    7. The fifth stanza describes the act of —
           a. marching                                      c. dressing
           b. talking                                       d. playing
____    8. In the sixth stanza the child —
           a. plays dress-up                                c. has gone to the church
           b. goes downtown                                 d. goes to church with her mother
____    9. The last two stanzas tell about a —
           a. bomb that goes off in the mother’s house
           b. freedom march downtown that is as loud as a bomb exploding
           c. bomb that goes off in a church where the child has gone to sing
             d. baby who is found in the ruins of a church explosion
____ 10. What is the story this ballad tells?
         a. Innocent children died in the bombing of the church in Birmingham.
         b. Mothers cannot be trusted to tell stories about historical events.
         c. Downtown Birmingham is now a safe place for children to play.
         d. Only a mother understands why a mother and daughter disagree.

             Literary Focus
             The questions below refer to the selection “Ballad of Birmingham.”

____ 11. A ballad is a —
         a. series of images                               c. song that tells a story
         b. poem with sound patterns                       d. poem about feelings
____ 12. Many ballads are told in the form of —
         a. a mystery that needs to be solved
         b. dialogue among story characters
         c. a riddle in which readers need to find clues to the solution
         d. a newspaper or magazine article
____ 13. How would you describe the rhymes in this ballad?
         a. In every stanza the second and fourth lines rhyme.
         b. The lines in every stanza rhyme.
         c. In every stanza the first and fourth lines rhyme.
         d. In every stanza every other line rhymes.
____ 14. How would you describe the rhythm of this ballad?
         a. Every line in the poem has the same iambic pentameter pattern of rhythm.
         b. The stanzas with dialogue are more like free verse, but the stanzas spoken by a narrator are
            in iambic pentameter.
         c. The poem is written in free verse, but repeated refrains create a pattern of rhythm from
            time to time.
         d. The poem does not follow a strict pattern of rhythm, but most lines contain three or four
            feet of meter.


             Constructed Response

        15. On a separate sheet of paper, briefly compare and contrast how the real life story in “Ballad of Birmingham”
            affects the reader as a poem and how a newspaper account of the same events would affect the reader. Include
            one example of rhythm or rhyme from the poem and one example related to the characteristics of literary
            ballads to support your response.
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Answer Section


      1.   ANS:   B              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
      2.   ANS:   A              PTS:    1              OBJ: (identifying the main idea)
      3.   ANS:   B              PTS:    1              OBJ: (summarizing)
      4.   ANS:   C              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
      5.   ANS:   D              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
      6.   ANS:   B              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
      7.   ANS:   C              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
      8.   ANS:   C              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
      9.   ANS:   C              PTS:    1              OBJ: (monitoring your reading or comprehension)
     10.   ANS:   A              PTS:    1              OBJ: (ballad)
     11.   ANS:   C              PTS:    1              OBJ: (ballad)
     12.   ANS:   B              PTS:    1              OBJ: (ballad)
     13.   ANS:   A              PTS:    1              OBJ: (ballad) | (rhyme)
     14.   ANS:   D              PTS:    1              OBJ: (ballad) | (ambiguity)


     15. ANS:
         Students’ responses will vary. A sample response follows:

               The ballad is far more vivid than a newspaper article about the 1963 bombing of the Birmingham church.
           A newspaper article would present facts about the event. The ballad helps the reader feel present in the life of
           one of the girls who became a victim. The rhythms, which carry the words along like music, and the patterns
           of rhyme in each stanza add a dramatic tone to the story. For instance, “No, baby, no, you may not go”
           contains trochees (two stressed syllables followed by one unstressed syllable) that bring out the drama in the
           mother’s answer. The dialogue between mother and daughter makes the reader feel closer to the tragedy than
           he or she would feel by reading the mere facts in a newspaper article.

           PTS: 1                OBJ: (comparing and contrasting) | (ballad)

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