Casey at the Bat Assessment (Poetry)
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by Charis Shattuck
| 20 Questions
Note from the author:
20 question multiple choice/multiple selection assessment for the poem "Casey at the Bat." Questions were derived from ReadWorks, CommonLit, and some were teacher created. Can be edited.
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day
The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair.
The rest Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought if only Casey could but get a whack at that—
We’d put up even money now with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey’s getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey’s manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey’s bearing and a smile on Casey’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ’twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Casey’s eye, a sneer curled Casey’s lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—
“That ain’t my style,” said Casey. “Strike one,” the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore
“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted some one on the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey’s visage shone
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, “Strike two.”

“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain
And they knew that Casey wouldn’t let that ball go by again

The sneer is gone from Casey’s lip, his teeth are clinched in hate
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey’s blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.
1
1 pt
Which of the following best states a theme in the text?
It is difficult to fail when you try your hardest.
Too much pride can lead to failure.
Fame is not worth the responsibilities it comes with.
Athletes have more fame and power than they deserve.
2
1 pt
What does the term “patrons” most likely mean in line 4?
spectators
businessmen
players
referees
3
1 pt
Which phrase from the poem best supports the answer to Question 2?
“but one inning more to play” ( Line 2)
Cooney died at first” ( Line 3)
“A straggling few got up to go” ( Line 5)
"We’d put up even money now’” ( Line 8)
4
1 pt
How does the figurative language in stanza 5 contribute to the mood of the poem?
The similes used in the stanza which describe Casey’s physical appearance create an excited mood.
The metaphor of the mountain reveals Casey’s immense size and creates a fearful mood.
The personification of the crowd’s intense reaction creates a terrifying mood.
The hyperbole describing the crowd’s excited reaction creates a mood of anticipation.
5
1 pt
How do stanzas 12-13 contribute to the theme of the poem?
by revealing that in spite of Casey becoming more serious than he was initially, he still failed.
by giving the reader an idea of how Casey looked as he got ready to bat


6
1 pt
The people watching the baseball game felt that Casey could help the Mudville team win the game.

Which lines from the poem best support this conclusion?
lines 1-4
lines 5-8
lines 13-16
lines 29-32
7
1 pt
Read lines 21–28 of the poem. How does Casey probably feel when he first steps up to bat?
confident
shy
worried
exhausted
8
1 pt
What is the main idea of this poem?
The people of Mudville think that Casey will lose the baseball game for his team, and Casey does lose the game.
The people of Mudville think that Casey will lose the baseball game for his team, but Casey wins the game instead.
The people of Mudville are sure that Casey will win the baseball game for his team, and Casey does win the game.
The people of Mudville are sure that Casey will win the baseball game for his team, but Casey loses the game instead
9
1 pt
In the first half of the poem, the poet uses many similar phrases like “Casey at the bat” (line 8, line 24), “Casey getting to the bat” (line 12), and “Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat” (line 20).

Why might the poet have used such similar phrases over and over?
to show the reader that Casey is a very good baseball player
to suggest that the people watching the game do not want Casey to bat
to hint that Casey often bats during baseball games
to build anticipation and excite the reader about Casey coming to bat
10
1 pt
What is the climax of this poem?
when Jimmy and Flynn get to second and third base (lines 13-16)
when Casey stepped up to bat (lines 21-24)
when Casey lets the first ball pass without swinging at it (lines 29-32)
when Casey is taking a swing at the third ball (lines 45-48)
11
1 pt
The mood of the spectators at the beginning of the game could best be described as…
angry and defeated
nervous but hopeful
excited but calm
loud and happy
12
1 pt
What surprising event happens in stanzas 3-4?
Both Flynn and Blake get on base, which means that Casey will get to bat.
Jimmy Blake and Flynn make a cake for Casey to have after the game.
Blake hits the ball so hard that dust is lifted into the air.
The crowd watching the game becomes even more nervous about the game than before.
13
1 pt
Which of the following words best describe Casey’s attitude at the plate?
angry and distracted
sad and focused
confident and intense
excited and nervous
14
1 pt
How does the crowd feel after the first part of Casey’s at bat?
They are upset with Casey because has not hit a home run yet.
They are happy that Casey has gotten a chance to win the game.
They are furious that the umpire called two strikes against Casey.
They are thrilled that they get to watch such an exciting game.
15
10 pts
Select the examples of the author's use of imagery. Choose all that apply.
"they thought if only Casey could get a whack at that - "
"it rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;"
"the gladden multitude went up a joyous yell it rumbled… it rattled… rebounded”
“and when the dust had lifted”
"five thousand tongues applauded"
"and it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand"
"he signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew"
16
10 pts
Select the examples of hyperbole. Choose all that apply.
"ten thousand eyes were on him"
"his teeth are clinched in hate"
"but there is no joy in Mudville-mighty Casey has struck out"
"like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore"
"five thousand tongues applauded"
17
10 pts
How does the mood of the poem shift from the beginning to the end? At the beginning the mood is abandonment of hope, once Casey comes to bat the mood shifts to excitement and anxiety at the end of the poem disappointment and the feeling of resentment.
At the beginning the mood is hopeful, but once Casey comes to bat the fans become hopeless. By the end, there is a mood of excitement and fulfillment.
At the beginning the mood is exciteful, but once Casey comes to bat the mood becomes hopeless. By the end, there is a mood of disappointment and resentment.
The poem remains hopeful and exciteful from the beginning to the end.
At the beginning the mood is hopeless, but once Casey comes to bat the mood shifts to excitement. By the end of the poem, there is a mood of disappointment and resentment.
18
10 pts
What type of rhyme is present in this poem?
initial rhyme
partial rhyme
end rhyme
internal rhyme
19
10 pts
Which quote is an example of personification in the poem?
"and now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air"
"for mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat."
"and now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go"
"a thousand tongues applauded"
20
10 pts
What is the significance of the author's repetition of the word somewhere in the last stanza?
it shows that there are better teams around the world that can win more games than the Mudville Nine
it places emphasis on the idea that there was a winning game but that it was not by the Mudville Nine
it is meant to encourage the team to try harder to win next time
it places emphasis on Casey being the reason for the team not winning
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