The War Sacrificies of Mr. Spugg

Stephen Leacock

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Which best describes the TONE of this story?
Heroic
Sarcastic
Tragic
Sincere
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Why do you believe this? Use the text to support your response.
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Why does Mr. Spugg claim that he cannot fight in the war himself?
His business is too busy for him to leave the office.
His luggage would take up too much room on a submarine.
He doesn’t have the proper training or enough physical strength.
He lacks the courage to risk his own health and safety.
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How does Mr. Spugg’s concern for his son Alfred compare to his concern for Henry?
He is prepared to lose Alfred but not Henry.
He is not prepared to lose either Alfred or Henry.
He is prepared to lose Henry but not Alfred.
He is prepared to lose both Henry and Alfred.
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Which statement best characterizes Mr. Spugg?
He is a model for bravery during wartime.
He is willing to sacrifice other people but not himself.
He is a double-agent that is helping the enemy troops.
He is willing to give ALL for his nation.
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What is IRONIC about the war medal that Mr. Spugg wears?
He saved hundreds of men from a sinking submarine while looking for his golf ball.
It is a medal that is supposed to be awarded to children and he doesn’t know it.
He earned the medal for performing extreme acts of bravery by accident.
It belongs to another man yet he wears it proudly as his own.
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From which perspective is this story narrated?
First-person
Third-person objective
Third-person limited
Third-person omniscient
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Which THEME does this story suggest?
War is very painful for everyone no matter who or where you are.
War is a futile and unnecessary effort that only results in pain and suffering.
The costs of war are great but paid unevenly and mostly by the poor.
The costs of war may be heavy but they are paid by society and everyone benefits.
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Which figurative language technique is used in the following?

"Here Mr. Spugg looked about him at his listeners, with a look that meant that even three legs wouldn't be too much for him. "
Understatement
Hyperbole
Simile
Onomatopoeia
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How do you figure? Explain your answer in a complete sentence.
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If the story continued with Mr. Spugg being drafted to war, we can PREDICT that he would do which?
He WOULD NOT go to war and he’d complain about it.
He WOULD go to war without complaint.
He WOULD NOT go to war but he’d keep it a secret.
He WOULD go to war but he would complain.
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Which statement best SUMMARIZES Mr. Spugg’s war sacrifices?
Mr. Spugg has sacrificed more than any man he knows and no one seems to appreciate it.
Mr. Spugg has sacrificed a good amount for the war effort but everyone else has too.
Mr. Spugg has sacrificed a lot for the war effort and he has received little credit.
Mr. Spugg has sacrificed very little for the war but made a big show about it.
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Why do you believe this? Explain your answer and support it with textual evidence.
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Is this story funny or sad? Support your answer with evidence from the text and explain your argument completely.
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By Stephen Leacock

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