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Anthem Reading Quizzes

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Anthem reading quiz chapter 1

  1. Which choice identifies the narration (telling) of Anthem?
    • Equality is writing a journal.
    • It is a report from The Council of Elders.
    • Unknown, third-person narrator.
    • Brotherhood is telling a group of children about the past.
  2. Equality thinks that he is different because he is…
    • More faithful than everyone else.
    • More evil than everyone else.
    • More honest than everyone else.
    • Trick question! He thinks that he is the same as everyone else.
  3. Equality hopes that he will be assigned to the Home of the…
    • Leaders.
    • Street Sweepers.
    • Peasants.
    • Scholars.
    • Healers.
  4. Equality is actually assigned to the Home of the…
    • Leaders.
    • Street Sweepers.
    • Peasants.
    • Scholars.
    • Healers.
  5. Everyone in the society spends their evenings….
    • Studying / praying.
    • Building the temple.
    • Listening to plays and speeches.
    • Breaking rocks.
  6. Equality and International doing their job when they discover….
    • A train tunnel.
    • A box full of books.
    • A crime being committed.
    • An old airplane.
  7. International agrees to help Equality by…
    • Lying for him.
    • Giving him fake documents.
    • Keeping his secrets.
    • Doing his work for him.
  8. Equality sneaks away when he is supposed to be…
    • At the theatre.
    • Sleeping.
    • At work.
    • At the gymnasium.
    • Worshiping.
  9. Equality admits to stealing….
    • Paintings and sculptures.
    • Books and candles.
    • Food and clothing.
    • Binoculars and a whistle.
  10. When he is alone, Equality mostly spends his time…
    • Creating artwork.
    • Studying science.
    • Worshiping / praying.
    • Crying.
    • Trick question! He is never alone.

This simple Anthem reading quiz is all that you need to hold students accountable for reading chapter 1.  Lit. circle roles etc. are great, but students should know that the quiz is inescapable.

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Why Anthem reading quizzes?

You have spent your weekend creating amazing lessons for the novel that your class is reading. You know that you are bringing your “A game.” The students were assigned reading guides full of vocabulary, lit-circle roles, focus questions, and graphic organizers, and your optimism soars when you see that the students have actually completed them.

Then reality hits. As the lesson starts to falter; you realize that very few of the students actually read the assignment. The students who did read feel cheated and frustrated. You begin to get reports from homeroom teachers that students were frantically copying from each other and/or googling answers prior to class. You are angry and discouraged; you resolve not to try so hard next week. 

What can you do when students do not read the assignment?

Stop giving reading assignments? Call parents who will argue that their kid is being singled out? Forget about literature altogether and have the kids practice origami? No.

Students are people, too.

Do not get mad at the students. It is human nature to try to beat the system. Young people are no different than adults in this regard. They do not look at the big picture and think, “Boy, I really do not want to read Anthem tonight, but if I get the answers from gradesaver.com, I might be missing out on some intellectually stimulating literature that could enrich my point of view.”

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Students, like adults, do their best work when they know that accountability is inescapable.

The answer is simple: Anthem reading quizzes.

It is OK to “waste” class time on a quiz consisting of basic comprehension questions. These questions do not take long, and they ensure that reading homework is actually reading homework. Your thoughtful and engaging lessons count for nothing when only five students did the reading.

Students who read are usually excited to share their insights and engage in the lesson. When majority of students actually read, you create a culture where reading the assignment is the norm.

In order for Anthem reading quizzes to be practical they must be…

Timely: Reading quizzes should follow each assigned reading. The gratification must be immediate. Whole-book quizzes are better for programs like Accelerated Reader.

Short: Do not waste too much class time. Ten questions is fine. The quiz is only a means to an engaging lesson.

Objective: Anthem reading quizzes are only to see who read. They should not test Language Arts terms or concepts. This objectivity and practicality enables a meaningful dialogue with parents.  If a student cannot pass the Anthem reading quizzes, what is going on?  Talk with students and parents about what additional support may be needed.

Easy to manage: Quizzes should be fast to grade, so students can get quick feedback. Students must know that quizzes (unlike unwieldy stacks of homework packets) are truly checked carefully. You have plenty of essays to grade; don’t punish yourself or the copying machine.

Win-able: Students must feel like an Anthem reading quiz is an opportunity for a win, not a trap out to get them. Resistant readers and students with low reading levels and/or special needs must be supported so that they can be victorious.

Anthem reading quizzes conclusion

I hope that this sample quiz is helpful to you.  You might want to simply make the other Anthem reading quizzes yourself or consider using my complete Anthem unit and teacher guide. Thanks.

Related post: Anthem Unit Plan

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