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The Monkey's Paw Study Guide
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"Without the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlor of Laburnam Villa the fire burned brightly." is an example of what?
Where did Sergeant Major Morris just return from?
What is a fakir?
Religious ascetic who lives solely on alms
What is the theme of the story?
Fate is not meant to be changed
How many men get how many wishes?
Three men each get three wishes
What happened to the previous owner?
He wished for death before Sergeant Morris owned the paw
How do we know the sergeant is afraid of the paw?
He threw it on the fire, was reluctant to talk about, and said wish for something sensible to Mr. White once he gets it
"Well I don't see the money and I bet I never shall." is an example of what?
What is the climax of the second section of the story?
Herbert is dead
How does the opening of the third section differ from the previous two?
It is more darker since Herbert had just died a couple days ago
How do we know that Mr. White no longer considers the being outside his house as his son?
He tries to wish the being away
Why is there a large lapse in time between when the wish is made and the knock at the door?
Because they didn't specify what time they wanted to receive the money or how they would receive it
What is the final climax of the story?
The being outside the White's residence
What does the paw do in Mr. White's hand after he makes the wish?
It moves and squirms in his hand
What is the atmosphere in the beginning of the story?
A good feeling of people seeing each other after a couple of years
What are Herbert and his father playing at the beginning of the story?
Who comes to visit the White family?
What does he tell the family about the monkey's paw?
The paw lets you have three wishes for three men and that the man before him wished for death
Who put the curse on the paw?
Why did they put a curse on the paw?
They wanted to show that you shouldn't change your fate
What does the Sergeant do so Mr. White cannot get the paw?
He throws it onto the fire
What does Mr. White see in the fire before he goes to bed?
Flames that look like faces and the last one was monkey-like
What do the White's think the nicely dressed man has come to give them? And where does he work?
Not bad news. Maw and Meggins
What news does this man bring?
That Herbert was caught in machinery and has died
What is the compensation for his death?
What is the relationship like between Mr. and Mrs. White after Herbert's death?
They argue, but Mrs. White is more saddened by the death of her son
What is their second wish?
To wish for Herbert to come back to life
Why doesn't Mr. White want to make the wish for his son to come back?
Because he knows that the paw is dark and weird
How long was Herbert dead?
What is the outcome of the third wish?
The being is gone
Who wrote "The Monkey's Paw"?
W. W. Jacobs
the use of clues that hint at important plot developments that are to follow in a story or drama
the reappearance of a word, phrase, stanza, or structure in any literary work
a contrast between what is stated and what is really meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually does
the moment of highest emotional intensity in the plot
a comparison of two unlike things using like or as
a comparison of two unlike things not using the words like or as
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