The narrator tells only what one character is thinking and feeling.
a.) prose b.) 3rd person limited c.) first person d.) 3rd person omniscient
The second part of a short story, in which the conflict arises and becomes more intense.
a.) climax b.) rising action c.) falling action d.) introduction
Prose writing about imaginary characters and events.
a.) genre b.) style c.) fiction d.) rising action
A character tells the story, using words like “I” and “we.”
a.) 1st person b.) 3rd person limited c.) style d.) 3rd person omniscient
The feeling that the author wants the reader to experience.
a.) mood b.) protagonist c.) conflict d.) fiction
Any writing arranged in sentences and paragraphs – everything except poetry or drama.
a.) fiction b.) genre c.) climax d.) prose
A story that takes place in the past.
a.) fantasy b.) mystery c.) realistic fiction d.) historical fiction
The first part of a short story, containing background information.
a.) climax b.) introduction c.) conclusion d.) rising action
The last part of a short story, explaining how the conflict is solved.
a.) climax b.) falling action c.) rising action d.) conclusion
Section 2: Conflicts
Choose the conflict that best describes the situation in each story summary.
29. Michelle is climbing Mount Everest. To reach the top, she must hike through snow storms and climb along narrow, dangerous trails.
30. The alarm clock rings and Jason is still tired. He knows he’ll get a detention if he’s late to school, but he really wants to sleep for three more hours.
a.) person vs. self b.) person vs. person
b.) person vs. supernatural c.) person vs. society
31. Donna would really like to marry 50 Cent someday, but so would her best friend Maria.
a.) person vs. person b.) person vs. society
c.) person vs. nature c.) person vs. self
32. Philip believes that everyone should recycle their garbage, but in his town, nobody else agrees. When he tries to speak up about saving cans and bottles, other people begin spreading mean rumors about him.
a.) person vs. self b.) person vs. supernatural
c.) person vs. nature d.) person vs. society
33. A giant troll, wearing a pink sundress and shouting cruel comments, is chasing Miranda down the street.
a.) person vs. nature b.) person vs. self
c.) person vs. supernatural d.) person vs. society
Section 3: Genres
Choose the genre that best describes each story.
Pencils have been disappearing from Ms. Firchman’s classroom. Tracy is going to follow the clues to find the thief.
a.) historical fiction b.) mystery
c.) realistic fiction d.) fantasy
Max wants a Playstation 2, but his parents say he has to earn the money for it himself – and that means babysitting his horrible little sister.
a.) science fiction b.) realistic fiction
c.) historical fiction d.) mystery
Christine wakes up one morning to discover that she is only four inches tall. “Oh, you’ll learn to like it,” says her Fairy Godmother.
a.) mystery b.) realistic fiction
c.) historical fiction d.) fantasy
Ted travels in his flying car to the CyberMall on planet Kirfizz.
a.) science fiction b.) historical fiction
c.) realistic fiction d.) mystery
Jemima is headed to Oregon in a covered wagon pulled by her family’s oxen, hoping to start a new farm. She wears a long dress and a bonnet to protect her from the sun.
Match the stories we read with their authors. (1 point each)
______“Aaron’s Gift” A. John Gardner
______ “The All-American Slurp” B. Isaac Asimov
______ “Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys” C. Cynthia Rylant
______ “Dragon, Dragon” D. Lensey Namioka
______ “The Fun They Had” E. Myron Levoy
______ “Stray” F. James Berry
At the beginning of this unit, we talked about ways that a short story is like a quilt. What is another item that is like a short story? Be creative, and name at least three things that a short story and your item have in common. Use complete sentences for full credit. (up to 6 points)