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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. 20 marks

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. 20 marks

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.’ ......................... 20 marks 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? ......................... 20 marks 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

20 marks

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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

c [ ] stupid

d [ ] strong

8 Johnny is _____. a [ ] afraid

b [ ] desperate

9 Johnny doesn’t want to go _____. a [ ] to the bank

b [ ] home

c [ ] to the hotel

10 Sam takes the _____ back to town. a [ ] train

b [ ] boy

c [ ] horse

d [ ] cat

20 marks

Characters Choose the best answer. 11 Sam and _____ are on the train. Oxford Bookworms Library Starter

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d [ ] on the train


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

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

20 marks

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

25 ‘Come here, you little monster…’ Oxford Bookworms Library Starter

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d [ ] Bill

d [ ] in the town


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

c [ ] Sam

d [ ] Johnny

27 ‘Go faster! Go faster!’ a [ ] Bill

b [ ] Mr Dorset

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

20 marks

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

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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

20 marks

Total marks

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d [ ] to the bank


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

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2

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3

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4

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5

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d

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Characters 11

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Dialogue 21

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b

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Vocabulary 31

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Plot 41

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