Earnest Hemmingway's "A Day's Wait" is a favorite story I use with my 7th graders each year. This short assignment asks a few quick questions that require students to cite evidence from the story in order to show understanding of theme. Additionally, students must figure out alternative meanings of words and make an inference regarding the meaning of the title. This is a time-tested assignment I pull out for quick review and practice of basic concepts. The story is not included in the assignment, but is readily available on-line and in other published sources.