Self-Check 2

1. A flat character has only one or two major traits, while a round character is complex, full of different quirks and oddities, like people in real life. 2. False. In the dramatic point of view, the narrator is like a camera that records what a character says or does, but can’t enter a character’s mind. 3. The subject or topic of a story is a description of its basic situation or events. A theme is a universal or general truth about life or human nature. 4. Kenny has pretended to run him down with his truck, has ridiculed him about not noticing deer signs, and has made Tub run for the truck. He has certainly incited Tub

to be angry. In the scene in which Tub shoots him, Kenny has three times said, “I hate” and then shot at whatever he said he hates, including the old dog. Now he turns to Tub and says, “I hate you.” Tub thinks that Kenny will shoot him next. Of course, Tub may also be using the opportunity to release his pent-up frustration over the mean way he’s been treated. 5. The statement “Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!” raises the story from being about only one man to being about all people. Perhaps there’s a little bit of Bartleby in everyone. The last sentence seems to imply that the human lot can contain sadness, isolation, loneliness, and solitary misery—that these problems aren’t just Bartleby’s, but everyone’s. 6. The shirt reminds her of Bailey, but because The Misfit is putting it on, which signifies that Bailey is dead, her mind won’t allow her to think about it. 7. The point of view is first person plural: we. The narrator is either the entire town or a spokesman for the town.

Self-Check 3
1. This predicament is an example of situational irony. The professor is smart when he’s at the college so we expect he’ll be smart anywhere. Clearly, the reality is the opposite. 2. The title “Civil Peace” is ironic because there’s as much disorder and danger after the war is over as during it. The Civil Peace is not peaceful in any way but is nearly as bad as the Civil War. 3. Although traveling in the land of her heritage, Mrs. Das doesn’t speak Hindi, so she doesn’t understand that the man is making a pass at her. 4. The balance of power shifts on page 419 when Mrs. Ansley says, “I’m sorry for you.” 5. Aunt Phoenix shows courage when she’s frightened by the scarecrow. First she thinks it’s a man, then a ghost. She doesn’t run away, but listens, and at last reaches