“Ransom of Red Chief” Quiz

“Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry – Quiz                                        Name:

Write the correct letter for each answer in the blanks provided.

 

  1. ____What is not an abuse that Johnny heaps upon Bill?
    1. Johnny hits Bill with a rock.
    2. Johnny rides Bill like a horse.
    3. He puts a red-hot potato down Bill’s back.
    4. Johnny spits in Bill’s hands.

 

  1. ____An example of situational irony in O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief” is that the kidnappers…
    1. choose the child of a prominent citizen for their crime.
    2. actually pay money to the child’s parent to return the kidnapped victim.
    3. are named Sam and Bill.
    4. do not choose a very good location to exchange the ransom money.

 

  1. ____In O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief,” what are some of the abuses that Johnny heaps upon Bill Driscoll?
    1. Johnny kicks Bill’s shins.
    2. Johnny hits Bill with a piece of brick.
    3. All of the answers listed here are accurate.
    4. He puts a red-hot potato down Bill’s back and mashes it with his foot.

 

  1. ____What is significant about the amounts of $2,000 and $1500?
    1. Two thousand dollars is the amount of money that Sam and Bill got from robbing a bank, and $1500 is from the heist before that.
    2. Fifteen hundred dollars is the original amount of money that the kidnappers decide to set as the ransom, but then they decide that they need more money, so they ask for $2,000.
    3. All of the answers here are correct and accurate.
    4. Two thousand dollars is the amount of money that Sam and Bill originally planned to ask in ransom, but Bill asked Sam to lower the ransom amount to $1500 for fear that $2000 might be too much to ask.

 

  1. ____The climax of the plot in O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief” occurs when…
    1. Ebenezer Dorset’s letter demands $250 in order to receive Johnny back home.
    2. Red Chief hits Bill Driscoll with a piece of brick.
    3. Sam and Bill hide Johnny in a wagon and take him to a cave.
    4. Johnny tells the kidnappers that he wants to stay with them.

 

  1. ____In O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief,” where do the kidnappers hide little Johnny?
    1. Johnny is hidden under the hay in a horse stall of a very large barn.
    2. They transport the boy in a buggy and then hide him in a cave.
    3. They hide the boy in the trunk of a junk car at a junk yard.
    4. He is hidden in a basement of an abandoned house out on the edge of town.

 

  1. ____How does Ebenezer Dorset surprise Sam and Bill?
    1. He jumps out of a huge cake and yells “Surprise!”
    2. All of the answers here are correct and accurate.
    3. Instead of paying the ransom request, Mr. Dorset requires the kidnappers to pay him $250 in order to take Johnny off of their hands.
    4. He wants his son back so desperately that he pays double the ransom amount to ensure the return of his precious son Johnny.

 

 

 

 

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  1. ____A Biblical allusion occurs in O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief” when…
    1. Johnny’s parents say prayers for his safety and quick release.
    2. Bill Driscoll says “Lord have mercy on us both, Sam.”
    3. Johnny with his slingshot is compared to the David of the David and Goliath story.
    4. Bill calls Johnny a “little devil.”

 

  1. ____In O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief,” which is the best description of Johnny Dorset?
    1. He is a freckled-faced boy with red hair who enjoys being outside, camping, and playing make believe games such as cowboys and Indians.
    2. All of the answers here are correct and accurate.
    3. Johnny Dorset is one of the kidnappers in the story.
    4. Johnny Dorset is a kind-hearted young man who goes around his neighborhood doing good deeds, such as mowing lawns and washing windows for elderly folks.

 

  1. ____Foreshadowing occurs early in O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief” when the narrator first describes Johnny as…
    1. having red hair.
    2. throwing rocks at a kitten.
    3. the son of a prominent citizen in the small town of Summit.
    4. a “little ewe lamb.”

 

  1. ____The exposition of O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief” includes…
    1. a description of the town of Summit.
    2. Summit’s lack of law enforcement.
    3. an explanation of the kidnapping scheme.
    4. All of the answers listed here are correct and accurate.

 

  1. ____What is ironic about the way that the kidnappers sign their ransom note in O. Henry’s story “The Ransom of Red Chief”?
    1. They sign it with their first names, but they use phony last names.
    2. They sign it “Bill & Sam,” which shows just how stupid they are to sign their real names to a ransom note.
    3. They sign it “Two Desperate Men,” and by the end of the story they are very desperate to return the ornery boy to his father.
    4. They do not sign the ransom note. It is blank at the end.

 

  1. ____The initial conflict in the story is when…
    1. Red Chief says that Sam will burn at the stake in the morning.
    2. Red Chief promises to scalp Bill Driscoll.
    3. Johnny tells the kidnappers that his real name is Red Chief.
    4. Sam and Bill need $2,000, so they decide to do a kidnapping to raise the money.

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