"A Mystery of Heroism"
This unit comes with Stephen Crane's short story "A Mystery of Heroism," a 15-question reading assessment, and the answer key.
The text is 7 pages and has been edited in 2-column format and comes complete with footnotes. There is also a short background on the author and an explanation of naturalism.
The 15-question reading assessment neatly fits on 2 pages and is also in 2-column format.
The questions are all in multiple-choice format. These questions require higher order thinking skills and go beyond the text to challenge students to dig back into the text to find deeper meaning.
The 15 questions are broken down into several categories: Imagery (2), Conflict (1), Character Motivation (7), Author's Purpose (1), Theme (1), and Naturalism (4).
The answer key is also 2 pages.
All documents come in Word and in PDF. Therefore, there are a total of 22 pages.
I teach this story during my Realism unit with American Literature from the late 1800s. I use this text as a final assessment for the students before the larger unit test on Realism.
However, this unit could also be used as a cold read, especially since the questions are challenging, or it could be used as a separate unit on short stories.
In addition, if you need a quick lesson plan, this text and the questions could be used to engage a class in a meaningful lesson for a substitute.
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