Plot Conflict and Resolution Practice Exercises (page 2)

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Practice 3: No Exit 2: A Plot Change 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) As the footsteps came closer, Ryan knew it would be almost impossible to escape. He slipped around a corner and held his breath as footsteps hurried by. He was determined to get out and get help. . . . He didn't know why he'd let the others talk him into coming in the first place! They had persisted, taunting him until he had agreed to join them. Now . . . now he just wanted out!
(2) Ryan cautiously peered around the corner. There was no one in sight, so he inched his way down the silent hallway. It was so dark he could hardly see where he was going. Then he saw a beam of light and ducked low, crouching behind a large box just as someone came by. "Did you find him?" a hoarse voice murmured from somewhere below.
(3) "No . . . I think he may have got out!" replied a nearby raspy voice. "But he's so scared he won't talk!"
(4) Ryan hardly breathed as the footsteps came closer, then faded away and he heard a door close. He wondered where his friends were. Had they been lucky enough to get out? For a moment, he was angry. After all, it'd been their idea to come to this empty old house . . . the one people thought was haunted!
(5) As a kid, Ryan was always afraid of the place . . . especially after his older brother had said there were monsters inside. Now he was here . . . and his so-called friends were somewhere else! They just wanted some scary fun, they'd said. How could they have known the old house was a meeting spot for drug dealers? How could they have anticipated running into a drug deal in the making? But they had . . . and so they had scattered, with some tough types chasing them! Now Ryan didn't know if anyone got out safely or not. But he was determined he would!
(6) All was quiet, so Ryan crept from room to room, looking for a way out. Finally, he spotted an unboarded window that was broken. As silently and carefully as possible, he slipped out. It was a long way down to the ground, but somehow he made it. Ryan ran for his life! Once he felt safe, he called 911 on his cell phone.
(7) The police quietly arrived shortly after that. They busted up the drug deal, arrested the dealers, and found the other kids.
(8) Ryan was happy to see that his friends were safe. They'd hunkered down in the cellar and waited. "We knew you'd get help," said his friend Greg.
(9) "Yeah?" replied Ryan. "Next time we might not be so lucky!"
(10) The stern voice of a police officer added, "There better never be a next time!"
(11) The next week, a crew tore down the old building to make way for a new one. A sign at the site read HOME OF THE NEW COMMUNITY CENTER.
9. What is the conflict in this story?
a. Ryan is afraid of monsters.
b. Ryan and his friends need to have some fun.
c. Ryan needs to escape and call for help.
d. Ryan needs to borrow Greg's cell phone.
10. Which is NOT part of the rising action?
a. Ryan hides from the person who's chasing him.
b. Ryan creeps from room to room.
c. Ryan spots a broken window.
d. Ryan says he doesn't want to go to the old house.
11. The climax of the story is when
a. Ryan gets safely out and calls 911.
b. Ryan finds a window through which he can escape.
c. The friends hunker down in the cellar.
d. Ryan hides behind a big box in the hall.
12. Which is part of the falling action?
a. Ryan sees a light in the hallway.
b. Greg and the others walk in on a drug deal.
c. Ryan runs for his life and calls 911.
d. One of the dealers follows Ryan.
13. The conflict is resolved when
a. the police come to help Ryan and his friends.
b. a community center opens in town.
c. the police warn the kids not to come back.
d. the dealers leave in their car.


1. a
2. c
3. b
4. c
5. d
6. a
7. d
8. c
9. c
10. d
11. b
12. c
13. a
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