Accelerated Reader


Amber Delezo

Question 1 of 12
From the historical clues, the reader can determine the story took place _____.
  • at the turn of the twentieth century
  • during the Prohibition era
  • during World War II
  • about the time of the oil crisis during the 1970s
Question 2 of 12
The tone Lewis used to convey his attitude toward business practices is _____.
  • respectful
  • menacing
  • flattering
  • critical
Question 3 of 12
Myra Babbitt was a person who _____.
  • sought fulfillment through conventional means
  • often rebelled against stereotypical roles
  • served the needs of the less fortunate in town
  • rationalized and hid her extravagant spending
Question 4 of 12
How were George Babbitt and Paul Riesling alike?
  • They disliked traveling.
  • They were unfaithful in their marriages.
  • They were real estate brokers.
  • They were accomplished musicians.
Question 5 of 12
Ted had a party for "his set in the Senior Class." From George and Myra's exchange at the party, the reader can conclude that ______.
  • Ted was corrupting Eunice Littlefield
  • George disapproved of the menu Myra had put together
  • Myra's sense of decency was seriously challenged
  • Ted's popularity was important to Myra
Question 6 of 12
George Babbitt had a conversation with Seneca Doane aboard the train as he was returning from Maine. What insight does the reader gain about George from this scene?
  • He had done something sinister, and Doane planned to blackmail him.
  • He had changed his political outlook since his college days with Doane.
  • He had come from very poor means, and Doane had lorded his wealth over him.
  • He had gone into the real-estate business at Doane's urging.
Question 7 of 12
When George visited Zilla for the first time since Paul had shot her, he found her feelings toward Paul to be _____.
  • loving
  • vengeful
  • charitable
  • indifferent
Question 8 of 12
George was holding a flat for Sidney Finkelstein, but he broke that promise. Why?
  • He found Tanis Judique charming and wanted to impress her.
  • He wanted to help Zilla, who could no longer afford her other flat since Paul was imprisoned.
  • He thought it was the perfect apartment for Ted and Eunice.
  • He wanted a place to bring the girls he had begun to pick up at the manicurist and movie houses.
Question 9 of 12
When did George join the Good Citizens' League?
  • the day the League was founded in Zenith
  • when Vergil Gunch hinted that he would inform Myra of George's behavior while she was out of town
  • after the attention Myra received in the hospital from his old friends at the Athletic Club
  • before leaving for his trip back to Maine
Question 10 of 12
What does the following quote imply about Babbitt? "The office was his pirate ship, but the car was his perilous excursion ashore."
  • He had acquired his office building by the relatively safe manipulation of real-estate laws, while he gained the money for his car through a riskier tactic.
  • He treated his employees like dangerous cutthroats, but was especially vicious in avenging his family's disloyalty.
  • His business demanded ever-increasing travel to maintain his edge over the competition.
  • His job provided him with status and power, while his automobile gave him a sense of freedom and adventure.
Question 11 of 12
Near the end of the novel, how can the reader tell that Myra was not satisfied with her role as the modern-day housewife?
  • She loved working with numbers and demanded that George let her keep the accounts for the office.
  • She mentioned the number of interesting people George was able to meet at work.
  • She wanted her own paycheck and went to work at the Vecchia ice-cream parlor.
  • She joined the Women's Suffrage movement and began to speak at neighborhood rallies.
Question 12 of 12
In general, by which means did George Babbitt's individuality become enslaved?
  • materialistic desires
  • theological beliefs
  • intellectual rigidity
  • drug addictions

by Sinclair Lewis

Quiz: 16705 EN    Level: 7.8 UG

This tale relates the story of a conniving, prosperous real estate man who becomes one of the most convincing and ugly figures in American fiction.


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