Mr. Brisher's Treasure

H. G. Wells

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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 joking because Mr. Brishner is fat and slovenly.
He is frustrated because women are unworthy of the gentlemanly Mr. Brishner.
He is relieved since Mr. Brishner is finally going to give him marriage advice.
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How do you know this? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
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Which of the following statements about Mr. Brishner is FALSE?
He speaks in a thick dialect.
He met his fiance on a double date.
He wore nice clothes when he was younger.
He has low self-esteem.
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How do you know that this statement is false? Use the text to support your response.
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What did Jane's father require of Mr. Brishner before he would consent to their marriage?
He wanted Mr. Brishner to get a decent job.
He wanted Mr. Brishner to help him in his garden.
He wanted Mr. Brishner to go to a church service with him.
He wanted Mr. Brishner to break up with his other girlfriend.
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Which is NOT a reason why Mr. Brishner keeps the secret of the treasure to himself?
He wants it to look like he got it legitimately to impress Jane's father.
He is greedy and doesn't want Jane or her father to have any.
He thinks that Jane's father will tell the authorities.
Under UK law the treasure belongs to the government.
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How do you know that this is not one of Mr. Brishner's motivations? Refer to the text in your response.
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Which best explains how the treasure got into the garden based on details from the text?
Jane's house was a pirates' den hundreds of years ago.
The previous resident was a crook who buried it there.
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.
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Why do you believe this? Cite the text in your response.
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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.
Too many people are around the garden.
The treasure is very heavy.
The chest is chained and locked.
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Which best explains why the author chose to have a character tell the story to the narrator?
It allows the narrator to poke fun at the storyteller.
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.
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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?
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Which is the correct sequence of events?
Mr. Brishner and Jane's father argue; Mr. Brishner lies about going to London; Jane's father gets arrested.
Mr. Brishner lies about going to London; Mr. Brishner finds the treasure; Mr. Brishner's buggy disappear.
Mr. Brishner's buggy disappears; Mr. Brishner and Jane's father argue; Jane's father gets arrested.
Mr. Brishner finds the treasure; Jane's father gets arrested; Mr. Brishner digs up the treasure in the rain.
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Which is NOT a consequence of Mr. Brishner having found the treasure?
Mr. Brishner and Jane do not get married.
Mr. Brishner cheats on Jane with another woman.
Mr. Brishner behaves differently toward Jane.
Jane argues with Mr. Brishner for being distant.
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How do you know that this is not a consequence of Mr. Brishner having found the treasure?
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What is ironic about the end of the text?
Mr. Brishner does not help Jane's father get out of trouble.
The treasure is not even real.
Mr. Brishner does not marry Jane after all of that planning.
It is raining on the day that Mr. Brishner and Jane were to be married.
Mr. Brishner gets away without receiving any punishment.
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How is this ironic? Explain the irony and refer to the text in your response.
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