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Survey Lit—STUDY GUIDE for Short Story Mid-Unit Test Name:___________________________


TEST IS ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
Directions: Use these review questions to help you study for the mid-unit test (approximately 25 questions worth a total of 50 points.)


  • Be able to identify and define all of the short story elements we have covered in class.

  • Be prepared to provide examples of the short story elements from each story we have read so far: “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Necklace,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

  • The test will ask you to think beyond the concepts on this study guide, but it will help you to complete it!

Completed review guides DONE ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER are worth five extra points on your test score. I do not curve tests!




  1. What are the five parts of the plot map/ plot diagram? Find examples from each story for each element.

  2. What is theme? What is the theme of “The Gift of the Magi”? “The Necklace”? “The Cask of Amontillado”?

  3. What is the difference between plot & theme? Be able to distinguish between the plots & themes of stories we have read.

  4. Define protagonist and be able to identify the protagonist in each story.

  5. Define antagonist and be able to identify the antagonist in each story (IF there is one!)

  6. Be able to define setting and describe the setting of each of the stories.
  7. What is the mood of a story? Be able to give examples of the mood of each story we have read and explain how setting and mood are interrelated.


  8. What does it mean to be a “critical reader”?

  9. What does it mean that all themes are “universal”?

  10. Be able to define and use the following vocabulary words: abruptly, weary, vehemently, incredulous, incessant, envy & exorbitant.


Survey Lit—STUDY GUIDE for Short Story Mid-Unit Test Name:___________________________
TEST IS ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
Directions: Use these review questions to help you study for the mid-unit test (approximately 25 questions worth a total of 50 points.)

  • Be able to identify and define all of the short story elements we have covered in class.

  • Be prepared to provide examples of the short story elements from each story we have read so far: “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Necklace,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

  • The test will ask you to think beyond the concepts on this study guide, but it will help you to complete it!

Completed review guides DONE ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER are worth five extra points on your test score. I do not curve tests!




  1. What are the five parts of the plot map/ plot diagram? Find examples from each story for each element.

  2. What is theme? What is the theme of “The Gift of the Magi”? “The Necklace”? “The Cask of Amontillado”?

  3. What is the difference between plot & theme? Be able to distinguish between the plots & themes of stories we have read.
  4. Define protagonist and be able to identify the protagonist in each story.


  5. Define antagonist and be able to identify the antagonist in each story (IF there is one!)

  6. Be able to define setting and describe the setting of each of the stories.

  7. What is the mood of a story? Be able to give examples of the mood of each story we have read and explain how setting and mood are interrelated.

  8. What does it mean to be a “critical reader”?

  9. What does it mean that all themes are “universal”?

  10. Be able to define and use the following vocabulary words: abruptly, weary, vehemently, incredulous, incessant, envy & exorbitant.




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