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For many high school readers, realistic fiction is a genre that maximizes relatability and engagement with literature. “The Lie” by Kurt Vonnegut is a story about rejection, family pressures, and the unintended and unexpected consequences of one’s actions. With this bundle of high school resources covering “The Lie,” English teachers will save valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. Included are the following: a multiple choice, plot-based quiz; a worksheet composed of rigorous close reading analysis questions; and answer keys. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. 

By completing the quiz, students will demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • The Remenzels’ socioeconomic circumstances
  • Mrs. Remenzel’s suggestions for her son’s dorm room
  • Dr. Remenzel’s general disposition
  • The name of the school to which Eli is taken
  • The general history of the school
  • Eli’s disposition on the drive to the school
  • The parents’ inference based on Eli’s behavior
  • The identity of Tom Hilyer
  • The playing out of an awkward situation
  • Mrs. Remenzel’s confession
  • Dr. Remenzel’s surprising behavior
  • The resolution

By completing the close reading analysis worksheet, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Explore character motivations
  • Make logical inferences about a character’s values and beliefs
  • Explain how point of view shapes the reader’s understanding of plot
  • Articulate how one character serves as a foil to another
  • State two significant conflicts in the story
  • Defend the claim that Mrs. Remenzel is a good mother despite her shortcomings
  • Explore the similarities between the protagonist and his father
  • Generate a relevant theme that relates to the idea of embarrassment
  • Support claims and ideas with reasoned thinking and relevant textual evidence
  • Write ideas with clarity, accuracy, and precision