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Short Story Study Guide
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The time and place of the action in a story is called
When the narrator remains a detached observer describing scenes in a story, it is known as the _____ point of view.
When a character serves as the narrator in a story and refers to him or herself as "I," the point of view is .
When the narrator knows and tells about what each characters thinks and feels (all-knowing/godlike), and uses the pronouns "he" and "she," the point of view is
third person omniscient
When the narrator uses the pronouns "he" or "she," relates the inner thoughts and feelings of only one character, and everything is viewed from this character's perspective, then the point of view is known as . . .
Third person limited
A brief work of fiction which resembles the novel but generally has a simpler plot and setting is known as . . .
What is the term for the contrast between what is stated and what is meant, or what is expected and what actually happens?
When a reader is surprised by an unexpected turn of events in the plot, it is known as .
When the reader or viewer knows something that the character or characters do not, it is called . .
sarcasm is an example of what kind of irony?
A struggle between two opposing forces which forms the basis for the plot is called the . .
The beginning of the plot which introduces the setting, the characters, and the basic situation of the story is known as . .
The events following the climax and leading to the end of the story are termed . . .
Readers can learn about characters in many ways, including _____________?
Physical traits, Dialogue, Actions, Attire(how they dress), Opinions, Point of view
The central message or insight into life revealed through the literary work is called . .
A character who experiences changes or growth throughout the story is known as . . .
A character who does not change or experience growth during a story is known as . . .
The exposition of the story consists of . . .
Setting, characters, basic situation, and sometimes introduction
The five elements of a short story include
Plot, Point of view, Characters, Setting, and theme, sometimes denouncement
Author of "The Cask of Amontillado" who is one of the first great American storytellers; blazed the trail for authors like Stephen King .
Edgar Allan Poe
The quote "The cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough" is an example of . . .
The motto for the Montressor coat of arms was "Nemo me impune lacessit" which means .
No one injures me with impunity
Why does Montressor hate Fortunato?
Fortunato has insulted him
All of the following character traits make Fortunato easy prey for Montressor
Greedy, unprincipled, and alcoholic
Montressor takes specific steps to ensure that his act is not discovered. One of them is...
Closing up the wall, getting fortunato drunk, and telling his servants he is going to be away
Montressor persuades Fortunato to follow him to the catacombs by .
Telling him about some wine, and playing on his pride
When Montressor says, "My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met" it is an example of . . .
Poe's tale is a spine-tingling exploration of a man's...
At the end of the story, how many years have passed since the event?
This author was a reporter in the Army during WWI and his experiences are echoed in "The Most Dangerous Game." He is . . .
The author uses Rainsford's creations of traps to create _________ in the story.
All of the following were traps set by Rainsford
Falling dead tree-mancatcher
pit with sticks- bermese tiger pit
knife and sapling
What is the name of Zaroff's island?
What happens to Ivan?
He is killed by a knife, set for Zaroff
What do you think the author is saying about how Rainsford feels at the end of the story when he has Rainsford state: "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.
He has won the game and feels accomplished. He no longer has to worry about being hunted (lets us wonder if he killed zaroff)
This author grew up on a farm in coastal North Carolina and attended North Carolina State. He is the author of "The Scarlet Ibis." He is . . .
One of the qualities that makes "The Scarlet Ibis" such a powerful story is the author's use of
In the largest sense, the scarlet ibis itself symbolizes . . .
The scarlet ibis represents Doodle in all of the following ways EXCEPT . . .
What motivates the narrator to teach Doodle to walk?
Embarrassment and pride of his little brother
When the narrator says he and Doodle "took up lying," he is referring to .
Making up stories
How does the author use setting in "The Scarlet Ibis" to foreshadow the end of the story?
What is Doodle's real name?
One characteristic of Aunt Nicey is that she is .
Where do Doodle and his brother go everyday?
The old woman swamp
This French author is perhaps the best-known short story writer in the world. His stories are known for their realistic nature that captures the surprising and sometimes unfortunate twists and turns of life. He is the author of "The Necklace." This author is . . .
Guy de Maupassant
What is the first explanation Madame Loisel gives for being upset about the special invitation her husband obtains for them?
She would have nothing to wear to the affair
What happens to spoil Madame Loisel's triumph at the party?
She lost the necklace
What happens to Madame Loisel in the ten years she works to pay off the cost of the necklace?
She looks ragged and old, her husband worked several jobs
What symbolic meaning does the necklace have for Madame Loisel?
Wealth and richness
How many years does it take Madame Loisel and her husband to pay off their debt?
In what way is the ending of the story ironic, or surprising?
Ironic, she spend so many years to try and pay her friend back for a fake necklace, and she was attracted to a fake necklace
In the short story "The Lady or the Tiger," the elements of plot that are omitted are . . .
Climax, and everything after
In "The Lady or the Tiger," the author's tone and words lead us to believe that the princess . . .
Led her lover to the door with the tiger behind it
One of the main themes of "The Lady or the Tiger" is . . .
The tone the author takes in "The Lady or the Tiger" is . .
When the author says that "When he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done," he means that . . .
he was the sole ruler(dictator)
Why did the king think that putting the lover in the arena would solve his problem?
The lover would either be killed or married off, so either way he would have gotten rid of him
What is "poetic justice"?
How had the princess gotten the information about which door the tiger was behind?
She uses her power, influence, woman nature, and force of character to find out which door it is
Why is the princess so jealous of the maiden behind the door?
The Maiden would get to marry her lover if her lover opened that door. Also, she was one of the fairest maidens in the town.
In the Twilight Zone episode "The Hitch Hiker," what is the conflict?
Nan Adams vs the hitch hiker
What kind of narration in "The Hitch Hiker
3rd person limited, changes to 1st, then back ot 3rd limited
What is the climax of "The Hitch Hiker"?
What is one theme from "The Hitch Hiker"?
Acceptance of fate
What does the hitch hiker symbolize in the story?
What does the woman's cross country trip symbolize?
The ironic twist at the end of the story is considered...
When the car repairman at the beginning of the story says, "Lady, you're on the side of the angels," it is an example of.. .
The character of Nan Adams is an example of a _____________ character.
This author has been celebrated as one of the twentieth century's "most powerful and compelling novelists." This author spent many years in Africa and was highly influenced by his/her experiences there. This is the author of "Through the Tunnel."
What is Jerry's internal and external conflict in the story "Through the Tunnel"?
Internal: his determination to get through the tunnel, unconsciousness in tunnel, fear of failure, worry of mom (whether or not to stay with her all the time and how she will feel)
External: disapproval from other boys, uncomprehension of French, child-like behavior makes him want to be able to get through the tunnel to be accepted, his mom
What is the climax of "Through the Tunnel"?
When the boy makes it out of the tunnel
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, this author has published short stories and The Joy Luck Club, a collection of stories which was turned into a movie.
What is the main conflict in the short story "Two Kinds"?
Her mother wants her to be a prodigy but she just wants to be normal
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