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Short Stories for High School - Quiz Bundle (Includes Test & Key)

Short Stories for High School - Quiz Bundle (Includes Test & Key)
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If you need to develop a short story unit for your high school English course and need resources to measure reading comprehension and promote student accountability, this resource is for you. This file contains 32 quizzes and answer keys. As of July 2017, the file also contains an editable 87-question unit test and answer key. (Click the preview icon beneath the thumbnail image to explore this new document.) See below for specifics on the entire product.

1. “A Journey” by Edith Wharton.
This resource features nine short-answer questions on Edith Wharton's "A Journey." An answer key is provided. Questions cover plot comprehension and literary term application. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:
♦ The woman's former occupation
♦ Marriage's influence on how the woman viewed life
♦ The husband's health
♦ The woman's regrets and worries
♦ The passenger's reactions to the husband's illness
♦ The woman's fright at the passenger's reactions
♦ Defining psychological fiction
♦ Supporting the text's classification as psychological fiction
♦ Metaphor and the protagonist's state of mind

2. “Gift of the Magi” by O’Henry.
This item features 8 short answer questions to complement the reading of "Gift of the Magi." The corresponding answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details/concepts:
♦ Della's need for money
♦ Pride in the characters' possessions
♦ Della's purchase for Jim
♦ Jim's reaction to receiving Della's gift
♦ Jim's purchase for Della
♦ Parallels between the characters and the magi
♦ Situational irony (irony of result)

3. “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. Le Guin.
This 10-question guided reading handout (which could double as an open-book quiz) will have learners demonstrate grasp of plot, gather evidence in support of ideas, and apply literary terminology. An answer key is included. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:
♦ The acquisition of the harp and Gwilan's talent for playing it
♦ The harp's personal significance to Gwilan
♦ Tom and Gwilan's travels
♦ Damage to the harp
♦ What made it possible for Gwilan to play the harp again
♦ Gwilan's physical condition and the consequences
♦ A new instrument to be utilized
♦ Events that show the passage of time
♦ The sound of the harp and metaphor
♦ Theme

4. “History Lesson” by Arthur C. Clarke.
This resource features nine short answer questions with an emphasis on plot comprehension, literary term application (specifically dramatic irony), and evidence gathering. The corresponding answer key is provided. Questions pertain to the following:
♦ The tribe's fears
♦ Hope for survival
♦ A reason for the Ice Age
♦ The Ice Age's effect on Venus
♦ Shann's sons and their efforts to save items for future generations
♦ The three most sacred items
♦ The discovery of the preserved items
♦ Human accomplishments vs. those of the Venusians
♦ Studying the film record
♦ Dramatic irony

5. “I, Hungry Hannah Cassandra Glen” by Norma Fox Mazer.
This is an 11-question reading comprehension assessment for Norma Fox Mazer's "I, Hungry Hannah Cassandra Glen." The format is hybrid, a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details:
♦ The family's socioeconomic status
♦ The death of a character
♦ The connection between food and the funeral
♦ Mrs. Francher's characterization
♦ Interpreting meaning in a character's statements
♦ The writing of wills
♦ What characters would and would not give up
♦ Conflict between two key characters
♦ The resolution

6. “Geraldine Moore the Poet” by Toni Cade Bambara.
This is an 11-question multiple choice comprehension assessment. The corresponding answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details:
♦ Mr. Watson's dog
♦ Geraldine's lunchtime habits
♦ The eviction
♦ Geraldine's mother
♦ The reason for Anita's return home
♦ Geraldine's personal and emotional struggles during classes
♦ Geraldine's response to her English teacher's assignment
♦ Mrs. Scott's reaction to Geraldine
♦ A surprising realization

7. “The Devil & Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet.
This is a 13-question multiple choice assessment measuring plot comprehension. It could be administered as a quiz or distributed in advance of reading to facilitate understanding. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details:
♦ Daniel Webster's background
♦ Jabez Stone's unfortunate circumstances
♦ The stranger's dubious intentions
♦ Jabez Stone as a dynamic character
♦ The stranger's handkerchief
♦ A compromise in the bargain
♦ Trial representation
♦ The make-up of the jury
♦ The trial as a trap
♦ Winning over the jury
♦ The trial's outcome
♦ Resolution

8. “The Leap” by Louise Erdrich.
This is a 10-question reading comprehension assessment for Louise Erdrich's "The Leap." The format is hybrid, a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details:
♦ Anna's degenerative condition
♦ The Flying Avalons' profession
♦ A tragic event involving a lightning strike
♦ The physical effects the aforementioned event had on Anna
♦ Anna's first encounter with her future husband
♦ Practical skills Anna developed during her hospital stay
♦ The purpose behind the narrator's return home
♦ How Anna saved her daughter's life
♦ The embarrassment Anna's daughter felt toward her mother

9. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
This is an 11-question reading comprehension assessment. The format is short answer. A key is included. Questions pertain to the following:
♦ The setting
♦ The purpose of the black box
♦ The evolution of the lottery's procedures
♦ The first round of the lottery
♦ A rumor pertaining to the lottery
♦ Old Man Wilson's response to the rumor
♦ The winner of the first round
♦ The winner of the second round
♦ The outcome of "winning" the lottery
♦ Foreshadowing

10. “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes.
This zip file contains two Word documents. The first is an 11-question multiple-choice quiz designed to measure plot recall. The second is the corresponding answer key. Questions pertain to the following:
♦ An attempt to steal something
♦ The intended victim's reaction
♦ "Turned loose"
♦ The washing of a character's face
♦ Roger's question
♦ Mrs. Jones's kind offer
♦ A reason for the act
♦ Roger's desire for Mrs. Jones to trust him
♦ The resolution

11. “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.
This is a 12-question reading comprehension assessment: 8 short answer questions and 4 multiple choice questions. The corresponding answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following:
♦ Point of view
♦ The narrator's first cat
♦ The "immediate purpose" of the narrative
♦ Neglect and ill-use of animals
♦ The characterization of the wife
♦ The narrator's fate
♦ The setting
♦ The murder of the first cat
♦ Irritating qualities of the second cat
♦ The death of the wife
♦ Concealment of the body
♦ The narrator's undoing

12. “The Fog Horn” by Ray Bradbury.
This is a 13-question comprehension quiz on "The Fog Horn." The format is short answer, and an answer key is provided. Questions pertain to the following important details and concepts:
♦ Setting
♦ An odd incident
♦ Dunn's revelation about the night
♦ A description of the fog horn's sound
♦ Characterization of the creature
♦ Dunn's experiment
♦ The creature's response
♦ Means of survival
♦ Conclusion

13. “The Fox & The Crow” by Aesop.
This zip file contains two Word documents. The first is an 8-question hybrid quiz (which could also double as a reading guide). The second is the corresponding answer key. Seven questions are in multiple choice format, while one question is short answer in nature.

14. “The Good Deed” by Pearl S. Buck.
This is a 12-question multiple choice assessment designed to measure reading comprehension on Pearl S. Buck’s "The Good Deed." The corresponding answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details:
♦ Setting
♦ Old Mrs. Pan's abrupt relocation
♦ Old Mrs. Pan's emotional response to her new home
♦ The cultural disparity between Old Mrs. Pan and her younger relatives
♦ Young Mrs. Pan's characterization
♦ Arrangements with Lili Yang
♦ The cultural values of Old Mrs. Pan
♦ Old Mrs. Pan newfound zest for life
♦ Lili's age
♦ Arranged marriage
♦ The resolution

15. “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
This item features 8 short answer questions on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World." The corresponding answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details/concepts:
♦ The found man's impressive physical attributes
♦ The immediate awareness of the man's status as 'stranger'
♦ The village's attributes
♦ The women's discoveries as they clean the found man
♦ The women's acts of reverence toward the found man
♦ The men's perception of the found man
♦ The village's realization that their community is one of desolation
♦ The narrative's point of view and its significance
♦ The narratives use of hyperbole and its overall effect

16. “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.
This Common Core aligned quiz measures reading comprehension of "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs. It features 10 multiple choice questions, and an answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ The appearance of Sergeant Major-Morris
♦ Sergeant Major Morris's recollection of the paw
♦ The Morris family's interactions with the paw
♦ A character's skepticism of the paw's effects
♦ Mr. White's wish
♦ The tragic irony of Mr. White's wish
♦ A follow-up wish
♦ A knock on the door
♦ Mr. White's panicked desire to make a third wish

17. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.
This 14-question multiple choice assessment measures comprehension and holds students accountable for the reading of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following important details and concepts:
♦ Primary setting
♦ Rainsford's hobby
♦ An inciting incident
♦ The characterization of the antagonist
♦ The protagonist's initial impression of the antagonist
♦ The antagonist's means of gathering his game
♦ The start of the hunt
♦ The antagonist's motivations
♦ Rainsford's successes
♦ The climax
♦ The resolution

18. “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury.
This is a 10-question reading comprehension assessment. The format is short answer. An answer key is provided. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ Unique characteristics of the house (personification)
♦ The futuristic setting
♦ The function of the robotic animals
♦ The backstory
♦ Silhouettes on the building
♦ A frail, dirty dog
♦ The subject matter of the poem "There Will Come Soft Rains"
♦ A devastating fire
♦ The house's attempts at self-preservation

19. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst.
This is a 17-question reading comprehension assessment (plus the answer key), broken down as follows:a vocabulary application section (5, fill in the blank); a basic plot comprehension section (7, multiple choice); a thematic analysis section (4, matching theme to passage); and an analytical short answer question. Questions pertain to the following details:
♦ Narrator's thoughts about his brother
♦ Doodle's integration into the family
♦ Narrator's treatment of Doodle
♦ A surprise to the family
♦ The narrator's perspective on pride
♦ A death
♦ The narrator's reflections years later
♦ The cruelty of people, even toward those they love
♦ Pride's good and bad influence
♦ The narrator's relationship with his brother
♦ The desire to share beauty with someone one loves
♦ The symbolism of the scarlet ibis

20. “The Silver Pool” by Ella Young.
This zip file contains two Word documents. The first is a 10-question hybrid quiz; nine questions are multiple-choice format, and one is short answer. The second is the corresponding answer key. Questions measure comprehension of the following important details and concepts:
♦ Elements of legends
♦ Fionn's desire to become a strong man
♦ The Salmon of Knowledge
♦ The King's Poet
♦ Ireland's art, etiquette, and heroes
♦ Discovered treasure
♦ The consequence of a significant action
♦ A sudden realization
♦ The fulfillment of a prophecy
♦ Situational irony (or irony of result)

21. “To Build a Fire” by Jack London.
This zip file contains two Word documents. The first is a 13-question multiple-choice quiz. The second is the corresponding answer key. Questions are designed to measure general reading comprehension and pertain to the following key ideas:
♦ The arrogance of the protagonist
♦ The old timer's disregarded advice
♦ The protagonist's husky companion
♦ The lack of understanding of the severe climate
♦ The omnipresent dangers of the setting
♦ The building of the fires
♦ The protagonist's lack of imagination and its consequences
♦ The protagonist's alarming thought concerning the husky
♦ The protagonist's realization before his demise

22. “Who Am I This Time?” by Kurt Vonnegut.
This zip file contains two Word documents. The first is a 13-question, multiple-choice quiz designed to measure plot recall. The second is the corresponding answer key. Questions pertain to the following details:
♦ The North Crawford Mask and Wig Club
♦ The avoidance of social gatherings
♦ The narrator's wish for Harry Nash
♦ The narrator's invitation to an auditioning woman
♦ The town's reaction to Harry's acting
♦ The narrator's first impression of Helene's acting
♦ Efforts to improve Helene's acting
♦ Helene's fantasy when viewing movies in the past
♦ Helene's difficulty in establishing relationships
♦ Lydia's impressions on who will direct
♦ Lydia's prediction for Helene
♦ A gift from Harry
♦ "The luckiest girl in town"

23. “The Wife’s Story” by Ursula K. Le Guin.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for their assigned reading of "The Wife's Story" by Ursula K. Le Guin. A multiple choice assessment, this quiz features 11 questions and includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ The narrator's emotional state
♦ The narrator's characterization of her husband
♦ The relationship between the narrator and her sister
♦ A quality about the narrator's husband that "brings the shivers on" her
♦ The moon's role in the husband's transformation
♦ The "curse in his blood"
♦ The husband's tendency to leave home abruptly
♦ The husband's strange smell upon returning
♦ The children's fear of their own father
♦ A physical transformation
♦ The story's resolution

24. “Split Cherry Tree” by Jesse Stuart.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Split Cherry Tree" by Jesse Stuart. A short answer assessment, this quiz features 9 questions and includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ The cause of the split cherry tree
♦ Dave's means of repayment
♦ Dave's insistence that he not stay after school and why
♦ Dave's father's behavior
♦ Professor Herbert's lesson involving bacteria
♦ Dave's father's philosophy on killing
♦ Professor Herbert's thoughtful offer
♦ A surprising admission regarding how education has changed and how it has passed Dave's father by

25. “Middle Woman” by Orson Scott Card.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Middle Woman" by Orson Scott Card. A 12-question multiple choice assessment, this resource also includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details and concepts:
♦ Middle Woman's annual journey to visit her sisters
♦ The malevolent reason the dragon offers humans three wishes
♦ Middle Woman's reasonable first wish
♦ The dragon's evil actions
♦ Situational irony
♦ Middle Woman's intelligent second wish
♦ Her husband's criticism of her, berating her as a changeable woman
♦ Middle Woman's cheerfulness despite criticism
♦ Ensuing years in which Middle Woman uses her intellect rather than her remaining wish
♦ The dragon's return many years later
♦ An offer of immortality
♦ Middle Woman's kind final wish.

26. “Before I Wake” by Jim Cort.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Before I Wake" by Jim Cort. An 11-question short answer assessment, this resource includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ Leonard Zanelli's profession
♦ Events preceding David Conklin's arrest
♦ A fear of falling asleep
♦ Details of Conklin's terrifying dreams
♦ Physical effects of the dream
♦ Factors contributing to Conklin's suicide
♦ The medical examiner's report
♦ Details of Zanelli's personal letter

27. “Backward Step” by Paul Jennings.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Backward Step" by Paul Jennings. A 10-question multiple choice quiz, this resource also includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ The television program John watches
♦ What John's mom does that makes her feel very guilty
♦ A teenage boy's desperate plea for John's mom to read a book
♦ John's status as a famous child
♦ John's sudden appearance in a classroom
♦ John's family background
♦ An attempt to help John find his home
♦ A visit to the police station
♦ John's grandmother, who agrees to take John in
♦ John's unique capabilities (time travel)

28. “Robot Dreams” by Isaac Asimov.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Robot Dreams" by Isaac Asimov. A 15-question multiple choice quiz, this resource includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ The robot's name
♦ Linda Rash's profession
♦ The robot's positronic brain pattern
♦ Linda's application of fractal geometry
♦ Why Linda chose not to consult with anyone on her work
♦ How the doctors re-awaken the robot
♦ How long the robot has been dreaming
♦ The content of the robot's dreams
♦ The First, Second, and Third Laws of Robotics
♦ The robot's revision to the Third Law of Robotics
♦ "Let my people go"
♦ Why Susan decides to destroy the robot
♦ The significance of Linda Rash's name to the story's plot

29. “Lose Now, Pay Later” by Carol Farley.
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Lose Now, Pay Later" by Carol Farley. An 11-question short answer quiz, this resource includes an answer key. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ The narrator's brother and her belief that he is crazy
♦ A description and translation of Swoodies
♦ The cost of a Swoodie
♦ The narrator's initial skepticism and discomfort over the business
♦ The reason for the mall's lack of concern over the business
♦ The Slimmer
♦ What determines the relative effectiveness of the Slimmer
♦ Pinpricks
♦ Trinja's eagerness to use the machine and her lack of concern over how the Slimmer works
♦ The brother's suggestion as to who is responsible for the Slimmer

30. “The Chaser” by John Collier.
This 11-question quiz measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "The Chaser" by John Collier. Nine multiple choice questions and two constructed response questions make up this assessment. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ A character description of Alan Austen
♦ Characteristics of the "glove cleaner"
♦ An alternative name for the "glove cleaner"
♦ The cost of the "glove cleaner"
♦ Alan's reason for visiting the old man
♦ The effects of the love potion
♦ Side effects of ingesting the love potion
♦ The cost of the love potion
♦ The old man's business philosophy
♦ The significance of the title (analysis)
♦ Situational irony in the story

31. “Ms. Lipshutz & The Goblin” by Marvin Kaye.
This 12-question multiple choice quiz measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Ms. Lipshutz and the Goblin" by Marvin Kaye. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ Daphne's Quest for the Perfect Mate
♦ The story's setting
♦ Daphne's professional life
♦ Daphne's first impression of Klotsch
♦ Klotsch's poor behavior
♦ Klotsch's previous employer
♦ The reason Daphne misses the bus
♦ Daphne and Klotsch's post-marriage lives

32. “Mariana” by Fritz Leiber.
This 12-question multiple choice quiz measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for the assigned reading of "Mariana" by Fritz Leiber. An answer key is included. Questions pertain to the following key details:
♦ Mariana's feelings toward the tall pine trees around her house
♦ Jonathan's comments on the origin of the pine trees
♦ Jonathan's condescension toward Mariana
♦ Mariana's decision to switch off the trees and her observations about the landscape
♦ Mariana's attempt to cheer herself up
♦ The breaking of a switch
♦ The consequences of Mariana's decision to switch the house off
♦ Jonathan's extreme reaction to Mariana's decision
♦ Where Mariana finds herself near the story's resolution
♦ The revelation of a sixth (and final) switch and its significance.

Short Story Unit Test
This 87-question culminating assessment covers all the short stories for which quizzes are included. This is a Word document, which makes it fully editable for your convenience. It measures a student's comprehension of key literary terminology; comprehension of essential plot details; application of key literary concepts to the short stories; and ability to articulate ideas through constructed responses. An answer key is included.

Please check out my other high school ELA resources, including this mega bundle featuring quiz sets for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1984 by George Orwell, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin, Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
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