Study Guide for Short Stories Test Format of the Test



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English 101 Name: ________________________________

Mrs. Pham



Study Guide for Short Stories Test

Format of the Test:

  1. Objective (60 points):

    1. Matching Parts of the story to their definitions and locations on the plot diagram.

    2. Matching literary terms with their definitions in a word bank.

    3. Multiple choice questions about themes and deep interpretations of stories.

    4. Quotation identification – match the quotation with the character who speaks/thinks the quotation

  2. Written (20 points):

    1. Apply steps of a rite of passage to one of the characters from one of the stories.

    2. Correct errors a student made while trying to use a quotation in her paper.

    3. Write a structured TEA paragraph that proves a claim about a theme in one of the stories.


Concepts to Study:

In order to do well on your short stories test, you MUST study everything on this study guide. If you have questions about a term or concept, please see me! If you’d like me to help you review for the test, please let me know, and we can arrange a time. You can also review in the Literacy Center!



  1. Know the parts of a fictional short story and the order in which they occur.

    1. Exposition

    2. Rising Action

    3. Conflict
    4. Climax


    5. Falling Action

    6. Resolution




  1. Know the definitions of all literary terms that we have learned. Be able to apply them to the three short stories. We did this on our worksheets together in class. Review your worksheets!!

    1. Simile

    2. Metaphor

    3. Imagery

    4. Static (Flat) Character

    5. Dynamic (Round) Character

    6. Plot

    7. Setting

    8. Symbol

    9. Tone

    10. Theme

    11. Figurative Language

    12. Characterization

    13. First person narrator

    14. Third person limited narrator

    15. Third person omniscient narrator

    16. Foreshadowing

    17. Conformity

    18. Personification

    19. Alliteration

    20. Irony

  2. The themes in all four of our short stories:

    1. “The Cage” by Heinrich Boll

    2. “And Summer Is Gone” by Susie Kretschmer

    3. “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson

    4. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst

(Hint: Look over your list of themes from you TEA paragraph!)

Label the parts of the plot diagrams and apply it to the short stories.

Apply to “The Cage”



Apply to “And Summer Is Gone”



Apply to “Button, Button”



Apply to “The Scarlet Ibis”






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