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How does the White family first react to the sight of the monkey’s paw?
What does the sergeant-major think of the monkey’s paw?
Which of the following best describes the family’s attitude when they make their wish?
Which of the following best describes how Herbert is feeling when he sits by the fire?
Which of the following could NOT be used to describe the family’s conversation at the breakfast table?
What does the visitor reveal to Mr. and Mrs. White?
What does Mrs. White want to do?
How does Mr. White react to his wife’s idea?
Why does Mrs. White scream and Mr. White drop to the floor?
Mrs. White believes that…
The ending suggests that Mr. White has wished for…
Which statement best expresses the theme of the story?
Which TWO quotes from the story best support ignoring the wisdom and experience of others can lead to terrible consequences?
How do these paragraphs below contribute to an understanding of the mood at this point in the story?
"They sat down by the fire again while the two men finished their pipes. Outside, the wind was higher than ever, and the old man started nervously at the sound of a door banging upstairs. A silence unusual and depressing settled upon all three, which lasted until the old couple rose to retire for the night.
“I expect you’ll find the cash tied up in a big bag in the middle of your bed,” said Herbert, as he bade them good-night, “and something horrible squatting up on top of the wardrobe watching you as you pocket your ill-gotten gains.”
He sat alone in the darkness, gazing at the dying fire, and seeing faces in it. The last face was so horrible and so simian that he gazed at it in amazement. It got so vivid that, with a little uneasy laugh, he felt on the table for a glass containing a little water to throw over it. His hand grasped the monkey’s paw, and with a little shiver he wiped his hand on his coat and went up to bed.
In the brightness of the wintry sun next morning as it streamed over the breakfast table Herbert laughed at his fears. There was an air of prosaic wholesomeness about the room which it had lacked on the previous night, and the dirty, shrivelled little paw was pitched on the sideboard with a carelessness which betokened no great belief in its virtues.
“I suppose all old soldiers are the same,” said Mrs White.
“The idea of our listening to such nonsense! How could wishes be granted in these days? And if they could, how could two hundred pounds hurt you, father?”
“Might drop on his head from the sky,” said the frivolous Herbert.
“Morris said the things happened so naturally,” said his father, “that you might if you so wished attribute it to coincidence.”
“Well, don’t break into the money before I come back,” said Herbert, as he rose from the table. “I’m afraid it’ll turn you into a mean, avaricious man, and we shall have to disown you.”
His mother laughed, and following him to the door, watched him down the road, and returning to the breakfast table, was very happy at the expense of her husband’s credulity. All of which did not prevent her from scurrying to the door at the postman’s knock, nor prevent her from referring somewhat shortly to retired sergeant-majors of bibulous habits when she found that the post brought a tailor’s bill."
Which TWO details best support the mood has changed from disturbing to light-hearted?
How does the dialogue below develop the plot of the story?
“I — was asked to call,” he said at last, and stooped and picked a piece of cotton from his trousers. “I come from Maw and Meggins.”
The old lady started. “Is anything the matter?” she asked breathlessly. “Has anything happened to Herbert? What is it? What is it?”
Her husband interposed. “There, there, mother,” he said hastily. “Sit down, and don’t jump to conclusions. You’ve not brought bad news, I’m sure, sir” and he eyed the other wistfully.
“I’m sorry — ” began the visitor.
“Is he hurt?” demanded the mother.
The visitor bowed in assent. “Badly hurt,” he said quietly, “but he is not in any pain.”
“Oh, thank God!” said the old woman, clasping her hands. “Thank God for that! Thank — ”
She broke off suddenly as the sinister meaning of the assurance dawned upon her and she saw the awful confirmation of her fears in the other’s averted face. She caught her breath, and turning to her slower-witted husband, laid her trembling old hand upon his. There was a long silence.
“He was caught in the machinery,” said the visitor at length, in a low voice.
“Caught in the machinery,” repeated Mr. White, in a dazed fashion, “yes.”
He sat staring blankly out at the window, and taking his wife’s hand between his own, pressed it as he had been wont to do in their old courting days nearly forty years before.
“He was the only one left to us,” he said, turning gently to the visitor. “It is hard.”
The other coughed, and rising, walked slowly to the window. “The firm wished me to convey their sincere sympathy with you in your great loss,” he said, without looking round. “I beg that you will understand I am only their servant and merely obeying orders.”
There was no reply; the old woman’s face was white, her eyes staring, and her breath inaudible; on the husband’s face was a look such as his friend the sergeant might have carried into his first action.
“I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility,” continued the other. “They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son’s services they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation.”
Mr. White dropped his wife’s hand, and rising to his feet, gazed with a look of horror at his visitor. His dry lips shaped the words, “How much?”
“Two hundred pounds,” was the answer.
Which TWO excerpts from the story best support their differing points of view and resulting argument create suspense around what choice they will make and how they will respond to the knock at their door?
Which word best describes hinting on something that will happen in the future?
Which quote BEST contributes the use of foreshadowing from the story's overall meaning?
What is "The Monkey's Paw" about?
The story is in the genre of
Which of the following phrases from "The Monkey's Paw" best describes the Whites' lives before the first wish is granted?
In "The Monkey's Paw," which of the following lines spoken by Mr. White hints that the wishes can only change his life for the worse?
Which of the following lines from "The Monkey's Paw" is an example of foreshadowing?
Which of the following lines from "The Monkey's Paw" foreshadows what happens to Herbert?
In "The Monkey's Paw." when a stranger comes to the Whites' door, Mrs. White thinks at first he has come to
In "The Monkey's Paw," Herbert is "...caught in the machinery..." In this context, machinery may also indicate the effects of ________.
Why is Mr. White afraid to wish a second time?
At the end of "The Monkey's Paw," what does Mrs. White realize just after she opens the front door?