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Extracts of Should Wizard Hit Mommy

 

Having gone through the MCQs The Third Level, The Enemy, Should Wizard Hit Mommy by John Updike from Vistas and The Last Lesson, Lost Spring, Deep Water, The Rattrap, My Mother at Sixty Six, An Elementary School Classroom School in a Slum, Keeping Quiet from Flamingo. It’s high time to have a look at Summaries, Short Answer Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions from them for its better understanding and scoring higher in the upcoming examination. These chapters comprise of Summaries, Short Answer Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions from them.

Extract 1 

1. In the evenings and for Saturday naps like today’s, Jack told his daughter Jo a story out of his head. This custom, begun when she was two, was itself now nearly two years old, and his head felt empty. Each new story was a slight variation of a basic tale: a small creature, usually named Roger (Roger Fish, Roger Squirrel, Roger Chipmunk), had some problem and went with it to the wise old owl.

a. Name the chapter.
Indigo
Should wizard hit mommy
The Third Level
On the Face of It

b. What does the pharse ‘Out of his head’ mean?
• Knowingly
• Unknowingly
• Intentionally
• None of these

c. How long had Jack been telling the stories to Jo?
• 3 years
• 4 years
• 2.5 years
• None of these

d. Which literary device has been use in ‘wise old owl’?
Alliteration
Metaphor
Transferred Epithet
Metonymy

A. Should wizard hit mommy B. Unknowingly C. None of these D.  Alliteration

Extract 2

2. “Who shall the story be about today?” “Roger…” Jo squeezed her eyes shut and smiled to be thinking she was thinking. Her eyes opened, her mother’s blue. “Skunk,” she said firmly. A new animal; they must talk about skunks at nursery school. Having a fresh hero momentarily stirred Jack to creative enthusiasm. “All right,” he said. “Once upon a time, in the deep dark woods, there was a tiny little creature by the name of Roger Skunk. And he smelled very bad.” “Yes,” Jo said. “He smelled so bad that none of the other little woodland creatures would play with him.”

a. What is skunk?
• American mammal
• Australian mammal
• Indian mammal
• English mammal

b. What does the word ‘Tiny’ mean?
• Small
• Huge
• Modest
• None of these

c. What was the problem with Roger Skunk?
• He smelled awful
• He smelled like roses
• He smelled well
• None of these

d. How would other creatures react to his awful smell?
• They would run away
• They would play with him
• They would hide themselves
• None of these

A. American animal B. Small C.  He smelled awful D. They would run away

You may also read : The Third Level by Jack Finney, The Tiger King by Kalki, Journey to the End of the Earth, The Enemy by Pearl S Buck, Should Wizard Hit Mommy by John Updike, On the Face of It by Susan Hill, Evans Tries an O Level, Memories of Childhood by Zitkala-Sa & Bama for better understanding of the chapters.

Extract 3

3. “Won’t he see the owl?” she asked in a high and faintly roughened voice. Sitting on the bed beside her, Jack felt the covers tug as her legs switched tensely. He was pleased with this, he was telling her something true, something she must know — and had no wish to hurry on. But downstairs a chair scraped, and he realised he must get down to help Clare paint the living-room woodwork.

a.  Who is ‘He’ in the above lines?
• Jack
• Roger Skunk
• Roger’s father
• None of these

b. Who was Clare?
• Jack’s wife
• Jack’s mother
• Jack’s daughter
• None of these

c. Name the author of this chapter.
• John Keats
• John Updike
• John Daudet
• Gertrude Simmons

d. What does the word ‘Scraped’ mean?
• Shook
• Moved
• Lifted
• None of these

A. Jack B. Jack’s wife C. John Updike D. Moved

Extract 4

4. This was a new phase, just this last month, a reality phase. When he told her spiders eat bugs, she turned to her mother and asked, “Do they really?” and when Clare told her God was in the sky and all around them, she turned to her father and insisted, with a sly yet eager smile, “Is He really?” “They’re real in stories,” Jack answered curtly. She had made him miss a beat in the narrative.

a. What does the word ‘Sly’ mean?
• Cunning
• Heinous
• Huge
• None of these

b. Who is ‘She’ in the last line?
• Clare
• Jo
• Jack’s mother
• None of these

c. Which of the following adjectives describes Jo?
• Hypersensitive
• Inquisitive
• Lethargic
• Tiresome

d.  How did Jack feel while narrating stories to his daughter?
• Hyperactive
• Zealous
• Tiresome
• Futile

A. Cunning B. Jo C. Inquisitive D. Tiresome

Extract 5

5. “And then a tiny little old man came out, with a long white beard and a pointed blue hat, and said, “Eh? Whatzis? Whatcher want? You smell awful.” The wizard’s voice was one of Jack’s own favourite effects; he did it by scrunching up his face and somehow whining through his eyes, which felt for the interval rheumy. He felt being an old man suited him.

a. Who was tiny little old man?
• Wizard
• Jack’s father
• Roger Skunk
• None of these

b. What does ‘Scrunching up’ mean?
• Squeezing
• Moving down
• Making noise
• All of these

c. What is the meaning of the word ‘Whining’?
• Complaining
• Requesting
• Intimidating
• None of these

d. Who sent Roger Skunk to the wizard?
• Jack
• Wise owl
• Roger’s father
• None of these

A. Wizard B. Squeezing C. Complaining D. Wise owl

Extract 6

6. And they played tag, baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and pick-up-sticks.” “What’s pick-up-sticks?” “It’s a game you play with sticks.” “Like the wizard’s magic wand?” “Kind of. And they played games and laughed all afternoon and then it began to get dark and they all ran home to their mommies. Jo was starting to fuss with her hands and look out of the window, at the crack of day that showed under the shade. She thought the story was all over.

a. Who are ‘They’ in the first line?
• Roger’s relative
• Roger’s cousins
• Woodland creatures
• None of these

b. What does ‘Fussing with her hands’ mean?
• Feeling anxious
• Feeling lazy
• Feeling sleepy
• Getting restless

c. Why did she think the story was over?
• For Roger had died
• For wizard had died
• For wizard had solved Skunk’s problem
• None of these

d. Which literary device has been used in ‘Like the wizard’s’ magic wand’?
• Simile
• Personification
• Alliteration
• Zeugma

A. Woodland creatures B. Getting restless C. For wizard had solved skunk’s problem. D. Simile

Extract 7

7. “That was a stupid mommy.” “It was not,” he said with rare emphasis, and believed, from her expression, that she realised he was defending his own mother to her, or something as odd. “Now I want you to put your big heavy head in the pillow and have a good long nap.” He adjusted the shade so not even a crack of day showed, and tiptoed to the door, in the pretense that she was already asleep. But when he turned, she was crouching on top of the covers and staring at him.

a. Who called mommy stupid?
• Jack
• Clare
• Jo
• Wizard

b. Who is ‘He’ in the above lines?
• Jack
• Wizard
• Roger Skunk
• Roger’s friend

c. What does ‘Crouching up’ mean?
• Bending low
• Sitting higher
• Making noise
• None of these

d. What does the word ‘Nap’ imply?
• A short sleep
• A long sleep
• A sound sleep
• None of these

A. Jo B. Jack C. Bending low D. A short sleep

Extract 8

8. Clare had spread the newspapers and opened the paint can and, wearing an old shirt of his on top of her maternity smock, was stroking the chair rail with a dipped brush. Above him footsteps vibrated and he called, “Joanne! Shall I come up there and spank you?” The woodwork, a cage of moldings and rails and baseboards all around them, was half old tan and half new ivory and he felt caught in an ugly middle position, and though he as well felt his wife’s presence in the cage with him, he did not want to speak with her, work with her, touch her, anything.

a. Who was painting the furniture?
• Jack
• Jo
• Clare
• Roger Skunk

b. What does the word ‘Smock’ mean?
• A loose frock
• A loose shirt
• A loose pant
• None of these

c. Which of the following is the synonym of ‘Tan’?
• Light brown colour
• Light black colour
• Light green colour
• None of these

d. Who was caught in an ugly middle position?
• Jack
• Clare
• Jo
• Roger Skunk

A. Clare B. A loose frock C. Light brown colour D. Jack

 

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