This unit test uses "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs to help students review and apply everything they've learned in your Short Story unit. The test covers literary terms, plot, characterization, and conflict.
It is perfect for several groups of learners, including EC, ESL/ELP, low-performing, and struggling readers.
1. Graphic organizers and white space make it easy for students to track information.
2. Sections make it easy to add in breaks for testing.
3. Accessible information makes directions easy-to-follow.
Here are the parts of the test:
1. Plot: students match terms and definitions (character - a person in the story), fill out a plot diagram, and apply the plot diagram to a story. In my case, this was "The Monkey's Paw," which students had already read in class. They had access to the text during the test.
2. Characterization: students choose "indirect" or "direct" for examples from stories and then identify and explain the different places to look for indirect characterization (STEAL method).
3. Conflict: students identify the types of conflict (Man vs. Man, etc.) and then identify the types illustrated by examples from short stories.
For the examples, I used the short stories we read. These examples could be adapted to fit your curriculum:
"The Necklace" - Guy de Maupassant (Reader's Theatre)
"The Lottery" - Shirley Jackson
"Thank You, Ma'am" - Langston Hughes
"Treasure of Lemon Brown" - Walter Dean Myers
"The Lady or the Tiger?" - Frank Stockton (adapted version)
Do you need a harder test? Try these:
Short Story Unit Test: "The Dinner Party" by Mona Gardner
Short Story Unit Test: "Story of an Hour“ by Kate Chopin
Try these other Short Stories materials:
Reading Comprehension Chart for "The Necklace"
Reading Comprehension Chart for "The Lottery"
"The Lady or the Tiger" Argumentative Essay
"Lamb to the Slaughter" Persuasive Essay
"The Monkey's Paw" Mood Rewrite
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