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The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Name_________Class_______No______

Short biography of Guy de Maupassant

  • born in Dieppe in 1850

  • spent his childhood in Normandy

  • his parents separated when he was 11 years old

  • brought up by his mother

  • started writing poetry

  • began to study law at the Sorbonne

  • joined the army at 20

  • worked as a civil servant (Maritime Affairs and Education) 1872–1880

  • wrote for newspapers under a false name

  • 1880 published famous story Boule de suif (Ball of fat)

  • in the 1880s wrote 300 short stories, 6 novels, 3 travel books and one volume of verse

  • began to have trouble with his sight

  • wrote horror stories with a theme of madness

  • attempted suicide

  • 1893 died in a private asylum

Comprehension questions

  1. Why was Mme Loisel not happy with her life at the beginning of the story?

  2. What did Mme Loisel do most of her time?

  3. Why did M. Loisel expect his wife to be pleased to receive the invitation from the Minister of Education?

  4. Describe Mme Loisel's reaction on reading the invitation?

  5. Why had M. Loisel been saving 400 Francs?

  6. Why was Mme Loisel still not satisfied even when she got a new dress?

  7. What did Mme Loisel borrow from her rich friend?

  8. How was the ball to Mme Loisel and M. Loisel?

  9. Why was Mme Loisel anxious to hurry away from the ball?

  10. How did they get home?

  11. What efforts were made to find Mme Forestier’s necklace?

  12. What did they decide to do after they knew they lost the necklace for good?

  13. Describe in your own words how the Loisels' life changed after they had paid for the new necklace.

  14. Describe how Mme Loisel changed before and after the necklace was lost.

  15. How did Mme Forestier recognize Mme Loisel when they met in the Champs-Elysees?

  16. Imagine how Mme Loisel must have felt after she knew the real value of the necklace.

Write a summary of the story (300 words)


Group discussion: Read the statements below and check “Agree” or “Disagree” after discussing with your group members. Please record your reasons why you think so.




Husbands should always try to please their wives.

If you borrow something from a friend and lose it, you should replace it, if you know your friend won’t be able to tell the difference.

Lying is acceptable in some situations. You should always lie to save face.

Material goods, like clothing and cars are extremely important to being happy. Money can’t buy happiness but if definitely makes it easier to be happy.

You should pretend to be richer than you really are, spending more money than you should, and it’s alright to get in debt for this cause.

Some people deserve to be at the bottom of society.

Women have the same opportunities today as they did in the past.

Group members: _______________________________________________________________________



Your reasons why

Script Writing

Adapt the story into a script. You should use words from the story and change it into dialogues. The only thing you can change is the ending. You can either end the story as written by Maupassant or give a twist in the plot, giving the Loisels another fate. It should be at 5 minutes long and ready for acting it out. Everyone should collaborate in the adaption, providing ideas and typing the script. There should be four people in the play: Mme Loisel, M Loisel, Mme Forestier, and the jeweler/the money lenders/other created characters

Write down the plot diagram (outline) for your story before starting to write the script

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