The Son

Hermann Hesse

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Which statement is FALSE?
The boy grew up in a wealthy home with servants.
The boy's mother has passed away.
Siddhartha has raised his son since infancy.
Siddhartha is poor and lives in a hut the woods.
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Which best describes how Siddhartha treats his son?
Siddhartha is understanding and kind.
Siddhartha is too busy working to give his son attention.
Siddhartha is impatient and demanding.
Siddhartha is firm but loving.
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The Son
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Which best describes Vesduva's position on the boy?
The boy has to experience life for himself, so Siddhartha should let him go.
The boy needs an education to succeed, so he should be sent to a teacher.
The boy doesn't work and he steals, so he should be sent to live elsewhere.
The boy needs discipline, so Siddhartha should treat him more firmly.
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The Son
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Which statement about Siddhartha's son is FALSE?
He makes Siddhartha happy.
He is afraid of Vasudeva.
He is spoiled and troublesome.
He is disrespectful and ungrateful.
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The Son
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What effect does Siddhartha's approach have on the boy?
It makes the boy laugh at his father's weakness.
It makes the boy angry with his father.
It makes the boy concerned for his father's health.
It makes the boy sad about the way that he acted.
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The Son
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Which character trait does NOT apply to Vesduva?
tactful
patient
possessive
clever
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The Son
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Which is the correct sequence of events?
The boy steals the boat; Vesduva tells his friend to listen to the river; the boy runs away
The boy yells at his father; the boy steals the boat; Siddhartha stands by the garden and thinks
Vesduva makes an oar for the boat; the boy runs away; the boy yells at his father
The boy runs away; Siddhartha stands by the garden and thinks; Vesduva tells his friend to listen to the river
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Which figurative language technique is used in the following?

"Your son, my friend, is worrying you, and he is also worrying me. That young bird is accustomed to a different life, to a different nest. "
Simile
Hyperbole
Understatement
Personification
Metaphor
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The Son
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Which statement is FALSE?
Siddhartha learns that he cannot protect his son.
Siddhartha learns that children need structure and rules.
Siddhartha learns that love can be selfish.
Siddhartha learns that children bring suffering and worry.
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Based on how the story concludes, which would be most likely to occur next if the story were to continue?
Siddhartha and Vesduva would establish a list of rules for their hut in the woods.
Siddhartha would take his anger and grief out on Vesduva.
Siddhartha and Vesduva would continue living as they once did.
Siddhartha would search for his son with greater intensity.
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The Son

By Hermann Hesse

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