Reading Tone and Style Practice Exercises (page 2)

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Practice 2: Excerpted and Adapted from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

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

(1) The Cheshire Cat gave Alice directions to the March Hare's home. She had not gone very far before she noticed the house. Well, she thought it must be the right house. The chimneys were shaped like long rabbit ears. The roof was thatched with rabbit fur. It was so large a house that she was scared to keep walking closer.
(2) She worked up enough courage and walked closer. A table was set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and Mad Hatter were having tea. A Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep. The table was large, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it.
(3) "No room! No room!" they cried out when they saw Alice coming.
(4) "There's plenty of room!" said Alice firmly, as she sat down in a large armchair at one end of the table.
(5) "It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited," said the March Hare.
(6) "I didn't know it was your table," said Alice. "It's laid for a great many more than three."
(7) "Your hair wants cutting," said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
(8) "You should learn not to make personal remarks," Alice said with some severity. "It's very rude."
(9) The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this, but all he said was, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
(10) "Come, we shall have some fun now!" thought Alice. "I'm glad they've begun asking riddles." She added aloud, "I believe I can guess that."
(11) "Do you mean you think you can find the answer to it?" said the March Hare.
(12) "Exactly so," said Alice.
(13) "Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on.
(14) "I do," Alice hastily replied. "At least—at least I mean what I say—that's the same thing, you know."
(15) "Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter. "You might just as well say that 'I see what I eat' is the same thing as 'I eat what I see'!"
(16) "You might just as well say," added the March Hare, "that "I like what I get' is the same thing as 'I get what I like'!"
(17) "You might just as well say," added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, "that 'I breathe when I sleep' is the same thing as 'I sleep when I breathe'!"
(18) "It is the same thing with you," said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute.
9. What is the tone of the selection?
a. scary
b. fanciful
c. technical
d. electrifying
10. The author probably wants readers to
a. become angry at the Dormouse.
b. be frightened of the Mad Hatter.
c. forgive the Cheshire Cat.
d. feel sorry for poor, confused Alice.
11. The author's style includes the use of
a. many technical terms.
b. only extremely long sentences.
c. words in all capital letters for emphasis.
d. a rhyming pattern.
12. Read these words from the selection: It wasn't very civil of you. Which might the author most likely have considered using instead of civil?
a. polite
b. urbane
c. boorish
d. sweet


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