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- Explain the title. In what way is it
suitable to the story?
- What is the predominant element in the
story - plot, theme, character, setting?
- Who is the single main character about
whom the story centers?
- What sort of conflict confronts the
leading character or characters?
- How is the conflict resolved?
- How does the author handle
characterization? By description? Conversation of the
characters? Actions of the characters? Combination of these
- Who tells the story? What point of
view is used? 1st person? Omniscient? Limited?
- Where does the primary action take
- What is the time setting for the
action? Period of history? Season? Time of day?
- How much time does the story cover? A
few minutes? A lifetime? How long?
- How does the story get started? What
is the initial incident?
- Briefly describe the rising action of
- What is the high point, or climax, of
- Discuss the falling action or close of
- Does this story create any special
- Is this story realistic or true to
life? Explain your answers by giving examples.
- Are the events or incidents of the
plot presented in flashback or in chronological order?
- What is the general theme of the
story? What is the underlying theme? Can you name any other
stories with a similar theme?
- Did you identify with any of the
- Does this story contain any of the
following elements: symbolism; incongruity; suspense;
surprise ending; irony; satire?
- Was there a villain in the story? a
hero? a dynamic character? Etc.
- Can you find any examples of
figurative language? Simile? Metaphor? Personification?
- Does the story contain a single effect
or impression for the reader? If so, what?
- Name one major personality trait of
each leading character, and tell how the author makes the
reader conscious of this trait.
- Does the story have a moral? If not,
what do you think the purpose of the author was?
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