Mr. Brisher's Treasure
H. G. Wells
Which best express the narrator's motivation in the following sentence from the fourth paragraph?
"[I] heaved a sigh to think that by reason of the unworthiness of women he must needs be the last of his race."
He is jealous because Mr. Brishner is handsome and dashing.
He is relieved since Mr. Brishner is finally going to give him marriage advice.
He is frustrated because women are unworthy of the gentlemanly Mr. Brishner.
He is joking because Mr. Brishner is fat and slovenly.
How do you know this? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Which of the following statements about Mr. Brishner is FALSE?
He met his fiance on a double date.
He speaks in a thick dialect.
He has low self-esteem.
He wore nice clothes when he was younger.
How do you know that this statement is false? Use the text to support your response.
What did Jane's father require of Mr. Brishner before he would consent to their marriage?
He wanted Mr. Brishner to help him in his garden.
He wanted Mr. Brishner to get a decent job.
He wanted Mr. Brishner to go to a church service with him.
He wanted Mr. Brishner to break up with his other girlfriend.
How do you know this? Cite the text in your answer.
Which is NOT a reason why Mr. Brishner keeps the secret of the treasure to himself?
Under UK law the treasure belongs to the government.
He thinks that Jane's father will tell the authorities.
He is greedy and doesn't want Jane or her father to have any.
He wants it to look like he got it legitimately to impress Jane's father.
How do you know that this is not one of Mr. Brishner's motivations? Refer to the text in your response.
Which best explains how the treasure got into the garden based on details from the text?
Mr. Brishner stashed it there because the police were looking for him.
Jane's father hid the treasure in the garden to test Mr. Brishner.
Jane's house was a pirates' den hundreds of years ago.
The previous resident was a crook who buried it there.
Why do you believe this? Cite the text in your response.
Mr. Brishner has a hard time getting the treasure for all of these reasons EXCEPT which?
He spends most of his time with Jane or her family.
He wants to keep the treasure a secret.
The chest is chained and locked.
Too many people are around the garden.
The treasure is very heavy.
Which best explains why the author chose to have a character tell the story to the narrator?
It is simpler to write a story like this than to have Mr. Brishner speak directly to the reader.
It makes the story more challenging to understand.
It immediately makes Mr. Brishner's story much more believable.
It allows the narrator to poke fun at the storyteller.
Why do you think that the author choose to have Mr. Brishner tell the story to the narrator? How might the story be different if Mr. Brishner were narrating the story to the reader?
Which is the correct sequence of events?
Mr. Brishner lies about going to London; Mr. Brishner finds the treasure; Mr. Brishner's buggy disappear.
Mr. Brishner finds the treasure; Jane's father gets arrested; Mr. Brishner digs up the treasure in the rain.
Mr. Brishner's buggy disappears; Mr. Brishner and Jane's father argue; Jane's father gets arrested.
Mr. Brishner and Jane's father argue; Mr. Brishner lies about going to London; Jane's father gets arrested.
Which is NOT a consequence of Mr. Brishner having found the treasure?
Mr. Brishner behaves differently toward Jane.
Mr. Brishner cheats on Jane with another woman.
Jane argues with Mr. Brishner for being distant.
Mr. Brishner and Jane do not get married.
How do you know that this is not a consequence of Mr. Brishner having found the treasure?
What is ironic about the end of the text?
Mr. Brishner does not marry Jane after all of that planning.
Mr. Brishner does not help Jane's father get out of trouble.
It is raining on the day that Mr. Brishner and Jane were to be married.
The treasure is not even real.
Mr. Brishner gets away without receiving any punishment.
How is this ironic? Explain the irony and refer to the text in your response.
Mr. Brisher's Treasure
By H. G. Wells