SCIENCE FICTION STUDY GUIDE “Monkey’s Paw” “Zoo” “Examination Day” Vocabulary Question #1 Vocabulary 1) Veronica saw a _____________________ man walking around the neighborhood, so she decided to notify the police. Answer to #1 SINISTER Question #2 Vocabulary 2) It might have just been her _______________________, but Meghan thought she saw Jackson admiring her from across the room. Answer to #2 FANCY Question #3 Vocabulary 3) Samuel wanted to go bowling with his friends Sunday night, but he could not figure out how to ____________________ the topic with his strict parents. Answer to #3 BROACH Question #4 Vocabulary 4) Ashley studied with ______________________ because she did not want to fail math and have to attend summer school. Answer to #4 RESOLUTION Question #5 Vocabulary 5) Aaron _____________________ answered the reporter’s questions, hoping that his words would not be misrepresented in the newspaper. Answer to #5 DUBIOUSLY Question #6 Vocabulary 6) Lily wanted to wear a unique dress to the prom, not one of those _________________ ones that all the other girls would be wearing. Answer to #6 PROSAIC Question #7 Vocabulary 7) Not wanting to wake her sleeping children, the mother ________________________ entered the room to switch on the night light. Answer to #7 FURTIVELY Question #8 Vocabulary 8) ________________________ by the movie on television, the children begged their parents to let them stay up long enough to see the ending. Answer to #8 ENTHRALLED Question #9 Vocabulary 9) Our pleasant evening with friends was _____________________ by the argument we had during the last half hour of their visit. Answer to #9 MARRED Question #10 Vocabulary 10) During the transit of Venus tomorrow, remember to keep your eyes ______________ from the sun unless you are using a telescope or binoculars. Answer to #10 AVERTED “Monkey’s Paw” Organize the following events by placing the number of the event in the appropriate category. Some categories will have more than one statement. “Monkey’s Paw” Answers Theme: #5 Exposition: # 6, #1 Rising Action: #7, #4, #8 Climax: #3 Falling Action: #2, #10 Resolution: #9 And all the rest! Describe the ironic plot twist in each of the following stories: “ZOO” “Examination Day” “People Are Alike All Over” “ZOO” At first, the reader only thinks that humans must pay to attend Professor Hugo’s alien zoo. However, at the end of the story, we realize that the aliens are also paying to attend a human zoo. “Examination Day” Although there is foreshadowing that Ricky might fail his test, the reader is surprised to see that he fails (and is executed!) for knowing too much! “People Are Alike All Over” Conrad travels to Mars to discover a new civilization, but he ends up as their discovery—an exhibit in their zoo! When Markeson tells Conrad people are alike all over, he refers to kindness; Markeson sees he was right, but it was about people’s curiosity and its consequences.