Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale

Mark Twain

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Which character trait does NOT apply to Baby Benton?
Manipulative
Destructive
Considerate
Discontent
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How do you know that this trait does not apply to Baby Benton? Use the text to support your response.
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Which character trait does NOT apply to Eddie when he was a boy?
Obedient
Understanding
Defiant
Respectful
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How do you know that this trait does not apply to Eddie? Cite the text in your response.
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Which most accurately describes George's experience at work?
He is a terrible worker and a thief.
He is friendly, reliable, and dedicated.
He is a good worker but his efforts go unnoticed.
He is a kiss-up who gets many undue promotions.
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Which best describes how Edward is rewarded for taking part in clubs and charitable organizations?
He is viewed negatively because people think that he is a social climber.
He is formally recognized for all of his contributions in a heart-warming ceremony.
He is praised regularly and given additional privileges and rewards.
He is ignored because people expect good behavior from him.
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Which best describes how the Brants treated their adopted children?
The Brants ignore their children and spend most of their time and effort on church activities.
George gets all of the attention and resources because he needs more help than Edward.
Edward gets all of the resources and attention because he is the "good" child.
The Brants split everything as evenly as possible between George and Edward.
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Why do you believe this? Refer to the text in your response.
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With which statement would the author of this text most likely AGREE?
Bailing someone out of trouble may do him or her more harm than good.
A good parent will protect their child at all costs.
Children who act up should get special attention and extra resources.
Everyone should always be treated the same no matter what.
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Why do you believe that the author would agree with this statement? Use the text in your answer.
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Which figurative language technique is used in the following sentence?

"An account of this, also, was published, and the town was drowned in happy tears."
Hyperbole
Metaphor
Alliteration
Understatement
Simile
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How do you figure? Explain your answer in a complete sentence or two.
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George ends up costing Edward all of the following EXCEPT which?
His life
His dog
His girlfriend
His reputation
His business
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Which best describes the narrator's tone in the last sentence?

"A lot of appreciative people, who were not willing that an act so brave and true as his should go unrewarded, have collected forty-two thousand dollars--and built a Memorial Church with it."
His tone is sincere because this is a fitting honor for the courageous Edward.
His tone is surprised because he thinks that George should have received this honor.
His tone is wry because this act doesn't help Edward's family.
His tone is impressed because the fundraising efforts were so generous and considerate.
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How is this conclusion suggested? Use the text to explain your answer.
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Which adage expresses a theme in this story?
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
What goes around comes around.
The early bird gets the worm.
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
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How does this adage apply to this story? Use the text in your response.
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By Mark Twain

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