Gift of the Magi
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  • Question 1
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    What does the narrator mean when they say after Della sold her hair, “Two hours ‘tripped by on rosy wings?”

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    She was worried

    She felt very unhappy

    She had ups and downs

    She was not thinking clearly

  • Question 2
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    “There was nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl.” This quotation shows Della’s sense of __________.

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    Grief

    Anger

    Helplessness

    Responsibility

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    “There was nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl.” Which word in this quote indicates the couple’s poverty?

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    Nothing

    Shabby

    Howl

    Flop

  • Question 4
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    “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles …” is an example of ____.

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    simile

    alliteration

    personification

    onomatopoeia

  • Question 5
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    What impact does the quote, “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles …” have on the tone of the selection?

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    conflicted

    serious

    gloomy

    happy

  • Question 6
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    “Della finished her cry … and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard.” The repetition of the word “gray” reinforces the _________ mood.

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    Colorful

    Holiday

    Dreary

    Boring

  • Question 7
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    “Had the Queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window … just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts.” This biblical reference alludes to a famous ancient Arabian monarch known for her wealth and beauty. The purpose of this comparison is to show how _____ Della’s hair is.

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    Long

    Shiny

    Blond

    Magnificent

  • Question 8
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    “Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look wonderfully like a truant schoolboy.” What is the effect of O. Henry’s word choice?

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    it helps to understand her feelings

    it helps to visualize the haircut

    it shows how upset she was

    it shows the small curls

  • Question 9
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    How does the description of Jim’s clothing contribute to the development of theme?

    “He needed a new overcoat and he was without gloves.”

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    it illustrates how he dresses for work

    it shows how well dressed he was

    it illustrates the couples poverty

    it shows the season

  • Question 10
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    O. Henry’s biblical allusion to the Magi elevates a poor couple’s dilemma about buying Christmas gifts for each other to the level of the New Testament story of the Wise Men. This short story is about two young lovers who sacrifice their most prized possessions; it is a classic example of ________.

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    Irony

    Flashback

    Understatement

    Juxtapositioning

  • Question 11
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    The theme of this story is that Jim and Della’s love for each other is much more valuable than any _______.

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    Material Gift

    Expensive Dinner

    Person's Opinion

    Verbal Expressions of Love

  • Question 12
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    What do the actions of both character’s reveal about them?

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    They wish they were rich.

    They value extravagant gifts.

    They do not think ordinary gifts are good enough.

    They want to give a gift as valuable as they think their spouse is.

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