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1

In “The King of Mazy May,” why hasn’t Walt ever seen a train or an elevator?

A. These machines have not been invented yet.
B. He prefers to stay away from cities.
C. He does not want anything to do with machines.
D. He lives in an area where these things have not yet come into use.

D. He lives in an area where these things have not yet come into use.

2

Where does the story of “The King of Mazy May” take place?

A. in the Yukon
B. in California
C. in Europe
D. in South America

A. in the Yukon

3

When does “The King of Mazy May” take place?

A. during the California gold rush
B. during the gold rush in the Yukon
C. during the Civil War
D. after the Second World War

B. during the gold rush in the Yukon

4

Why doesn’t Walt like claim-jumpers?

A. They think about nothing but getting rich.
B. They steal what others have worked hard to get.
C. They have bad tempers.
D. They treat their dogs very badly.

B. They steal what others have worked hard to get.

5

Why do the claim jumpers chase Walt?

A. They are angry that he has been spying on them.
B. They want to find out what he knows.
C. They want to make sure he doesn’t get to Dawson first. D. They want their dogs and sled back.

C. They want to make sure he doesn’t get to Dawson first.

6

Why can you conclude that the low temperatures Walt faces are dangerous?

A. He has to stop to build a fire.
B. He has to run beside the sled to keep warm.
C. He has to stop to pick up a warmer coat.
D. His dogs begin to freeze to death.

B. He has to run beside the sled to keep warm.

7

Why do the claim jumpers keep shooting at Walt?

A. He is so brave and smart they can’t stop him any other way.
B. They are trying to defend themselves against Walt’s whip attacks.
C. They think he is carrying gold.
D. Walt challenged them to a win-or-die race.

A. He is so brave and smart they can’t stop him any other way.

8

Why can you conclude that Walt is determined to get to Dawson before the stampeders?

A. He tells a friend about his determination.
B. He says as much to the head stampeder.
C. He faces mortal danger but keeps going.
D. He is desperate to keep the gold himself.

C. He faces mortal danger but keeps going

9

Which word best describes Walt’s character in “The King of Mazy May”?

A. angry
B. timid
C. stubborn
D. self-reliant

D. self-reliant

10

Which word does not describe Walt?

A. brave
B. honest
C. hot-tempered
D. quick-witted

C. hot-tempered

11

How does the creek in the setting of “The King of Mazy May” contribute to the story?

A. Gold is found there and Walt follows the creek on his journey.
B. The stampeders finally drown in the creek.
C. Walt paddles down the creek to get to Dawson.
D. The creek floods, putting the prospectors in danger.

A. Gold is found there and Walt follows the creek on his journey.

12

In outrunning the claim jumpers and their bullets in “The King of Mazy May,” Walt Masters overcomes many obstacles and faces many dangers. What makes him per- sist? In an essay, describe the challenges Walt faces and the character traits that enable him to go on.

Walt has to overcome cold, exhaustion, and the fear of being pursued by ruth- less, violent men. Students may note that Walt’s desire to help his neighbor and to fight injustice probably keep him going. He is smart enough to outwit the claim jumpers, strong enough to endure the trip, and fearless in danger.

13

“The King of Mazy May” is about a conflict between a boy and a group of men. It is also a story of conflict between good and bad. In an essay, describe Walt’s good qualities and the claim-jumpers’ bad qualities.

The good qualities of Walt’s “good heart,” the strength and bravery he inher- ited from his father, his refusal to tolerate injustice, and several examples of his courage. Essays should include the bad qualities of the claim-jumpers’ determination to steal what others have worked hard to earn, and their willingness to shoot Walt to keep him from ruining their plans.

14

In an essay, analyze Walt’s character in “The King of Mazy May.” Using details from the text to support your analysis, state which of his qualities you think are part of his nature and which might result from how and where he grew up.

Walt was born with a sense of justice and bravery; that his ability to react quickly in a crisis and to keep functioning through a long, difficult night are qualities that may be inborn, but are also brought out in a harsh and demanding environment. Essays might include that Walt developed qualities of independence and being able to take care of himself because of the demands of his environment.

15

“The King of Mazy May” is set in a rugged wilderness with few comforts of civilization. Write an essay in which you explain the effect of this setting on the story. Begin your essay by describing the setting, using details from the text. Continue by explaining how the setting, including climate and terrain, has a significant effect on the events of the story.

Te extreme nature of the Klondike climate: the bitter cold and the constant pres- ence of snow and ice. Essays should include that there are no people around, no law enforcement, and no mod- ern communication. Prospectors have a long trek to Dawson to register a claim; cold and ice make the claim jumpers’ pursuit of Walt especially exciting; lack of surrounding community makes the threat posed by the claim jumpers much more menacing.

16

“TheKingofMazyMay”beginswith“WaltMastersisnotaverylargeboy,butthere is manliness in his make-up.” Judging from Walt’s later actions in the story, what does the author mean by “manliness”?

A. physical strength and athletic skill
B. intelligence, cleverness, and creativity
C. physical strength and persistence
D. courage and confidence

D. courage and confidence

17

The setting of “The King of Mazy May” is

A. the Yukon gold rush
B. the California gold rush
C. the Colorado gold rush
D. an imaginary gold rush

A. the Yukon gold rush

18

Based on what you know about gold prospectors, what can you conclude from this passage from “The King of Mazy May”?

. . . the creek, in turn, was just beginning to show up its richness and to reward them for their heavy labor.

A. The creek water is good to drink.
B. Prospectors carry heavy loads.
C. The prospectors have built a dam.
D. The prospectors are finding gold.

D. The prospectors are finding gold.

19

What time of year is indicated in this passage from “The King of Mazy May”?

But with the news of their discoveries, strange men began to come and go through the short days and long nights . . .

A. spring
B. summer
C. fall
D. winter

D. winter

20

Walt’s father leaves Walt to take care of himself. This shows that the father

A. has confidence in Walt.
B. is desperate to find gold.
C. is careless.
D. wants to test Walt’s courage.

A. has confidence in Walt.

21

Why do you think the Klondike attracted dishonest outlaws as well as honest, hardworking prospectors?

A. The Klondike offered the opportunity to make a new start in life.
B. The promise of easily gained riches often attracts dishonest people.
C. Harsh living conditions often attract dishonest people.
D. Criminals could hide out there without fear of being caught.

B. The promise of easily gained riches often attracts dishonest people.

22

Why is the water temperature in the creek an important part of “The King of Mazy May”?

A. The cold water is more likely to produce gold.
B. The claim-jumpers fall in the water and have to stop their pursuit.
C. The water freezes Loren Hall’s feet so he can’t guard his claim.
D. The frozen creek makes it easier for the claim-jumpers to chase Walt.

C. The water freezes Loren Hall’s feet so he can’t guard his claim.

23

Why does Walt not like the claim jumpers?

A. They think only about getting rich.
B. They steal what others have worked hard to get.
C. They have bad tempers.
D. They mistreat their dogs.

B. They steal what others have worked hard to get.

24

Why does Walt sometimes run beside the sled when he is chased by the claim jumpers?

A. to lighten the load the dogs must pull
B. to show the lead dog where to go
C. to warm himself up
D. to get a better view of the trail

C. to warm himself up

25

When Walt leaves the dying lead dog behind, he shows that he

A. is insensitive to suffering.
B. uses good judgment.
C. loves animals.
D. acts selfishly.

B. uses good judgment.

26

Walt finally begins to pull ahead of the claim jumpers when he

A. shoots the lead claim jumper.
B. tangles the claim jumpers’ dog team.
C. crosses the river.
D. uses his whip on his dogs.

B. tangles the claim jumpers’ dog team.

27

The story of “The King of Mazy May” shows that

A. everyone should fight like Walt.
B. the other men respected Walt for his efforts.
C. life in the wilderness is better than other places.
D. young people used to be stronger than they are now.

B. the other men respected Walt for his efforts.