Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
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by lisa raffield
| 26 Questions
1
4 pts
Which of the following takes place at the opening of the teleplay?
A A fight develops between Don Martin and Les Goodman.
B The narrator describes where and when the teleplay takes place.
C the car belonging to Steve Brand will not start.
D A mysterious telephone call is made to Myra Brand.
2
4 pts
Why do you think the writer made the events occur on Maple Street, USA?
A The aliens were told to find this street.
B The setting indicated that small towns are filled with superstitious people.
C The main characters live on this street.
D The setting suggest that the events could happen anywhere.
3
4 pts
All of the following events make the residents nervous and arouse their suspicions except-
A One man's power mower stops working.
B Tommy's computer starts displaying strange messages.
C A screeching roar is heard overhead.
D Mrs. Brand's stove stops working.
4
4 pts
Tommy believes the power outage was caused by
A a total eclipse of the sun
B his neighbor, Don Martin
C a strong electrical storm
D aliens from outer space
5
4 pts
Right after the power failure, Charlie says, "A little power failure and right away we get all flusterd and everything." Why is this statement significant?
A It suggests that there will be a greater power failure later in the story.
B It suggests that the residents will discover the reason behind the power failure.
C It is similar to what the creatures later say about the humans.
D It shows that Charlie will overcome his fear and save the town.
6
1 pt
When Tommy tells Mr. Brand not to go downtown, he says, "They don't want you to." To whom is he referring?
A Aliens from outer space
B The residents of Maple Street
C The wives
D His parents
7
1 pt
Between which characters does the conflict of the teleplay develop?
A Tommy and his friends
B all the neighbors on Maple Street
C Strangers who moved to Maple Street
D Steve Brand and the narrator
8
1 pt
Why do the residents start to believe Tommy's story?
A They had read similar stories in books.
B Tommy has always told the truth before.
C Fear takes over their good sense.
D They think it's wise to consider every possibility.
9
1 pt
Which of these is the best summary of Act 1 of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"?
A The neighbors on Maple Street are unhappy because their power is out.
B Les Goodman frightens his neighbors when his car starts by itself.
C A strange event causes neighbors to become suspicious of one another.
D Pete Van Horne leaves Maple Street to see what is happening elsewhere.
10
1 pt
Which statement best describes a mob scene?
A Individual voices are drowned out, and fear and anger take over.
B Everyone works together to reach an agreement.
C Individual voices are heard, and everyone tries to act together.
D No one person is important, and each individual is respected.
11
1 pt
What emotion motivates Steve in his speech from Act II of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"? "Go ahead, what's my wife said? Let's get it all out. Let's pick out every idosyncracy of every single man, woman, and child on the street. And then we might as well set up some kind of kangaroo court. How about a firing squad at dawn, Charlie, so we can get rid of all the suspects?"
A disgust
B amusement
C sorrow
D love
12
4 pts
Why does Charlie shoot Pete Van Horne?
A He thinks Pete caused the power failure.
B He believes Pete is making ham radios.
C He has seen Pete gazing at the night sky.
D He sees a dark figure approaching and thinks it is the monster.
13
4 pts
At the end of the play, it turns out that the real monster is -
A Tommy's mind
B the fear and prejudice of human minds
C Charlie's behavior
D Steve's mind.
14
4 pts
At the openinig of the play, the camera pans down to show Maple Street. At this point, the residents seem -
A Friendly with one another
B Like a violent mob
C Suspicious of one another
D Like aliens from outer space
15
4 pts
Which of the following describes the mood on Maple Street at the end of the teleplay?
A a tense nightmare
B a calm return to normal
C a humorous sense of relief
D an excited celebration
16
4 pts
Which of the following do the people of Maple Street do at the end of the play?
A The residents violently accuse one another of starting the power failure.
B The people all leave their homes and run away forever.
C As a group, they surrender to the mysterious strangers.
D Once the power is restored, the residents resume their normal lives.
17
4 pts
Which statement best summarizes the theme of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street?"
A Good neighbors should not be objected to being observed by the police.
B When neighbors suspect one another, they can destroy a community.
C Neighborhoods should be prepared for an invasion from outer space.
D If everyone is suspected of being dangerous, then no one is dangerous.
18
4 pts
#18-22. Match the specific stage directions (numbered) to the effects on the reader (letters). Use each letter only once.
"Fade in on a shot of the night sky." (line 1)
A Creates a sense of mystery
B a calm return to normal
C a humorous sense of relief
D an excited celebration
E Makes people focus on outer space
19
4 pts
"A flash of light plays on the faces of both boys and then moves down the street and disappears."
A Creates a sense of mystery
B a calm return to normal
C a humorous sense of relief
D an excited celebration
Makes people focus on outer space
20
4 pts
"The dark figure continues to walk toward them as the people stand there, fearful, mothers clutching their children, men standing in front of their wives."
A Creates a sense of mystery
B a calm return to normal
C a humorous sense of relief
D an excited celebration
E Makes people focus on outer space
21
4 pts
"Steve leaves Charlie, walks over to the boy, and puts his hand on the boy's shoulder. He forces his voice to remain gentle."
A Creates a sense of mystery
B a calm return to normal
C a humorous sense of relief
D an excited celebration
E Makes people focus on outer space
22
4 pts
"In this brief fraction of a moment, it takes the first step toward changing from a group into a mob."
A Creates a sense of mystery
B a calm return to normal
C a humorous sense of relief
D an excited celebration
E Makes people focus on outer space
23
4 pts
A major section of a play is called a(n)...
A Scene
B Act
C Chapter
D Stanza
24
4 pts
Instructions for the director, crew, and actors are called...
A Dialogue
B Cues
C Stage Directions
D Teleprompters
25
4 pts
Smaller parts of an act are called...
A Epilogues
B Scenes
C Chapters
D Versions
26
8 pts
Explain the irony in Steve's comments about monsters from outer space and the fifth columnists.
Answer in RACE! (For example, Evidence = The story stated, the author stated, according to the story...)
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