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The Last Leaf by O.Henry questions
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What is the story's setting?
New York City , Greenwich village , the turn of the 20th century
Why do artists go there?
Because of the architecture and it's cheap to live there
How did Johnsy and Sue meet?
They met in a restaurant. They had the same style and interests and decided to live together
Why did the doctor visit Sue's and Johnsy's place?
Johnsy had pneumonia
What does the doctor say about her illness?
She has 1 in 10 chance of living
Why does he ask if she has a man on her mind?
Her chances for living might grow. They will be 1 in 5 if she wants to live and the medicine will work half as well
How does Sue encourage Johnsy?
She tries to cheer Johnsy up by saying she has a 10 in 1 chance of living
Why does Sue lie to Johnsy?
She wants to save her life.
What is bothering Johnsy while she is lying in bed?
She is watching the leaves fall from the ivy vine across the street and she believes that when the last leaf falls she will die
Who is Mr Behrman? Give 4 answers.
He is the girls' neighbor. He has a long twisted Michelangelo Moses Beard. He is old and short. He is a failed artist.
What is Mr Behrman's dream?
He deams to paint his masterpiece
Describe Sue and Johnsy's relationship with Mr Behrman.
Mr Behrman models for them. He thinks of himself as their protector. He acts like family, to take them on vacation when he paints his masterpiece.
What is Johnsy planning during the storm and why is Sue afraid?
She's planning on dying when the last leaf falls and Sue is afraid that she will die so she closes the blinds.
On the night of the storm what does Mr Behrman do?
He paints a leaf on the wall where the ivy vine was.
How does Mr Behrman's painting influence Johnsy's life?
Johnsy thinks that if the leaf can stay alive so can she.
How does Mr Behrman's painting influence his own life?
The painting on a cold, rainy night causes him to get pneumonia and die.
Why is the leaf a masterpiece?
It changed Johnsyhs perspective and saved her life
What is the plot of the story?
A young artist has pneumonia and thinks she will die when the last leaf falls , but a friend paints a masterpiece and saves her life.
What is the story's climax?
The morning after the storm when Sue opens the blinds to see that the leaf is still there.
What is the story's irony?
The irony of the situation, is that the characters and readers expect Johnsy to die and that the last leaf is real . but in reality Mr Behrman dies and the leaf is a painting.
What is ironic about the masterpiece?
Mr Behrman wanted to be well known when he paints his masterpiece but instead he died after he painted it. A masterpiece is usually in a museum and is famous but his masterpiece saved someone's life
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