A Piece of Steak

Jack London

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Why is winning this fight important for Tom King?
He needs to win to be taken seriously as a fighter.
He lost to his last opponent and it is a matter of pride.
He needs the money to pay his bills.
This is his last shot to become a champion.
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Which characterization about Tom is FALSE?
Tom is poor and hungry.
Tom is battered and ugly.
Tom is big and strong.
Tom is violent and mean-spirited.
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Which statement best describes how Tom trained for the fight?
Tom's friends and loved ones helped him to train.
Tom brought in world-class trainers and nutritionists to prepare him.
Tom trusted greedy promoters to train him and they failed.
Tom lacked the basic necessities of a training camp.
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What is the significance of Stowsher Bill?
Stowsher Bill is to Sandel what Tom King is to Stowsher Bill.
Stowsher Bill is to Tom King what Tom King is to Sandel.
Stowsher Bill is to the Welsh Terror what Sandel is to Tom King.
Stowsher Bill is to Sandel what the Welsh Terror is to Tom King.
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Which of these is NOT a disadvantage that Tom King had going into the fight?
He did not eat properly on the day of the fight.
His opponent is much younger than he.
He has a steel rod in his knee and cannot bend it properly.
He had to walk two miles to get to the fight.
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Which best explains why Sandel's second watches Bill in the following?

"His seconds slipped on his gloves and laced them tight, closely watched by one of Sandel's seconds, who first examined critically the tapes on King's knuckles."
He is trying to intimidate Tom into making a mistake.
He is an expert at taping hands and wants to help Tom.
He is a fan of the famous Tom King and wants to watch him up close.
He is trying to make sure that Tom doesn't cheat.
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Which poetic device is used in the following?

"The two men advanced to meet each other, and, as the gong sounded, the seconds clattered out of the ring with the folding stools."
Onomatopoeia
Metaphor
Simile
Hyperbole
Understatement
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Which statement is FALSE?
Tom King fights as hard as he can through the whole fight.
Sandel wastes much of his energy on ineffective attacks.
Sandel smashes his knuckle on the top of Tom King's head.
A policeman almost stopped the fight because Tom was beating Sandel so badly.
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Which best explains why Stowsher Bill was crying in the dressing room?
His dream of being a champion had been taken from him.
He was ashamed that his loss would be discussed in the newspapers.
The adrenaline wore off and he was in physical pain.
He had no immediate way to provide for his family.
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Which adage best expresses a major theme in this story?
Time heals all wounds.
Age is a state of mind and not a measure of time.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
There's no such thing as bad publicity.
Youth is wasted on the young.
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By Jack London

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