Short Story Unit Review

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Short Story Unit Review

Part 1
Put the correct letter of the definition in the blank of the word on the left which it defines.
1. _____fiction A. problem in a story

2. _____short story B. time and place

3. _____plot C. clues author gives as to what will happen later in story

4. _____main character D. things that help us get from the problem to the resolution

5. _____setting E. read in one sitting; one main conflict

6. _____characters F. 4 methods writer uses to help us get to know characters

7. _____characterization G. sequence of events in a story

8. _____conflict H. person, place, object, or event that stands for something 9. _____minor character beyond itself

10._____static character I. message; perception about human nature/life

11._____resolution J. work of prose with imaginary elements, not real

12._____theme K. character that changes by the end of the story

13._____symbol L. character that stays the same by the end of the story

14._____events M. not most important character but one that adds to story

15._____foreshadow N. solution to problems

16._____dynamic character O. people who take part in action of story

P. most important character(s)


Part 2:

“The Possibility of Evil” (Shirley Jackson)

17. All of the following are examples of characterization for Miss Strangeworth except

(circle your choice)

a. “When she came into the grocery, half a dozen people turned away from the shelves and the counters to wave at her or call out good morning.”

b. “…she sometimes found herself thinking that the town belonged to her.”

c. “There was always a group of young people around the post office…”

d. “Miss Strangeworth never gave away any of her roses…”

18. The fact that Miss Strangeworth writes the inappropriate letters to the townspeople from the start and cries for the wickedness in the world and not for her actions in the end shows she is a _____ character. (circle your choice)
a. static b. dynamic

“Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?”


19. Which of these is a symbol of hope for Paul during the march?
a. the sea b. the color green c. the clouds d. the shadows ahead
20. Which of the following best describes the cause of Paul’s giggling? (infer)
a. His relief in finding a friend made him laugh.

b. He never liked Billy anyway.

c. He wanted to prove to everyone that he wasn’t afraid.

d. The tension and fear inside him were out of control.


“Two Kinds” (Amy Tan)
Think about each of these statements made by the mother or the daughter/narrator in this story. In the chart below, write notes describing what each statement reveals about the character.
21. Daughter: “Why don’t you like me the way I am? I’m not a genius!”
What does this reveal about the daughter? (characterization)
22. Mother: “Only two kinds of daughters… those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind! Only one kind of daughter can live in this house. Obedient daughter!”
What does this reveal about the mother? (characterization)
“The Sniper” (Liam O’Flaherty)
23. What can you infer about many of the people fighting against each other in this war?

(circle your choice)


a. They had been enemies throughout history.

b. They did not know what the other side wanted.

c. They had recently been in the same army.

d. They were of different religious backgrounds.

24. All of the following excerpts from the story help to create suspense except?

(circle your choice that is least suspenseful)

a. “Dublin lay enveloped in darkness, but for the dim light of the moon…”

b. “Here and there through the city machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night…”

c. “Cautiously he raised himself and peered over the parapet. There was a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head.”

d. “He bent the arm below the wound.”

“The Necklace” (Guy de Maupassant)
25. Which of the following is a clue to the surprise ending of the story? (foreshadowing)

(circle your choice)


a. the jeweler’s statement that he did not sell the necklace but only supplied the case

b. Mme. Forestier’s irritated response when the necklace is returned late

c. M. Loisel’s suggestion that his wife pretend the necklace clasp broke

d. the Loisels’ finding a virtually identical necklace in another jeweler’s shop


26. The fact that Mme. Loisel learns that her sacrifices to pay for real diamonds were unnecessary and she was actually the one that was fooled is an example of what?

a. theme b. plot c. irony d. foreshadowing


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