Understanding Literature, Grade 10
Unit 1 The Oral Tradition
Unit 2 Poetry
Unit 3 Fiction
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Unit 5 NonFiction
Unit 6 Informational and Visual Media
Unit 7 The Examined Life
Unit 8 The Genius Within
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Unit 12 Other Worlds
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Understanding Literature, Grade 10 : Unit 12 Other Worlds : The Hitchhiker / Lucille Fletcher : Test Practice

The Hitchhiker / Lucille Fletcher

Test Practice

Identify Conflict and Resolution

Discuss with a partner how to answer the following questions about conflict and resolution.

1. Which of the following statements describes the central conflict in The Hitchhiker?
a. Ronald’s mother does not want him to drive to California but he does anyway.
b. Ronald refuses to let the female hitchhiker leave his car.
c. Ronald is haunted by the same hitchhiker over and over as he travels across the country.
d. Ronald is plagued by a variety of hitchhikers as he travels across the country.


What is the correct answer to the question above? How were you able to eliminate the other answers? How did your application of the reading strategy help you answer the question?

2. Which of the following statements describes the resolution of the conflict in the play?
a. Ronald tries to hit the hitchhiker and scares the female hitchhiker with him.
b. Ronald learns that he himself was killed in an automobile accident on the Brooklyn Bridge.
c. Ronald learns that the hitchhiker is an old highway legend.
d. Ronald’s fear of the hitchhiker overcomes him so he returns back home.


What is the correct answer to the question above? How were you able to eliminate the other answers? How did your application of the reading strategy help you answer the question?

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