Short Story Analysis Test



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The Necklace”

Short Story Analysis Test


English I NAME___________________________

SECTION 1: MULTIPLE CHOICE


1. What did Madame Loisel dream about at the beginning of the story?

  1. being married to a handsome man

  2. being rich and stylish

  3. being a great cook

  4. being given a diamond necklace

2. Which of the following is NOT a way in which Madame Loisel changed?



  1. She grew to hate the rich.

  2. She learned to do heavy housework.

  3. She became heroic in her sacrifices to pay back the debt.

  4. She aged badly in her appearance.

3. Why did Madame Loisel tell Madame Forestier the whole story when she saw her on the street?



  1. She wanted to get Madame Forestier’s sympathy.

  2. She hoped that Madame Forestier would give her money.

  3. She was proud that she and her husband had managed to pay their debt.

  4. She was angry at Madame Forestier for loaning her the necklace in the first place.

4. Which of the following passages contains a simile?



  1. “As the day of the party approached, Mme. Loisel seemed sad, moody, ill at ease.”

  2. “…she would dream of delicious dishes served on wonderful china, of gallant compliments whispered and listened to with a Sphinxlike smile as one eats the rosy flesh of a trout or nibbles at the wings of a grouse.”

  3. “She dressed plainly because she could not afford fine clothes, but she was as unhappy as a woman who has come down in the world…”

  4. none of the above contain a simile.

5. Which if the following passages contains a metaphor?

a. “She was the prettiest one there, fashionable, gracious, smiling, and wild with joy.”

b. “She didn’t open the case, an action her friend was afraid of.”

c. “She remained in her evening clothes, without the strength to go to bed, slumped in a chair in the unheated room, her mind a blank.”

d. “Her outfit was ready, however.”


6. Which of the following passages contains an allusion?

a. “…she would dream of delicious dishes served on wonderful china, of gallant compliments whispered and listened to with a Sphinxlike smile as one eats the rosy flesh of a trout or nibbles at the wings of a grouse.”

b. “Oh nothing. Only I don’t have an evening dress and therefore I can’t go to the affair. Give the card to some friend at the office whose wife can dress better than I can.”

c. “All at once she found, in a black satin box, a superb diamond necklace.”

d. “Each month notes had to be paid, and others renewed to give more time.”
7. Which of the following passages foreshadows the story’s ending?


  1. “Oh nothing. Only I don’t have an evening dress and therefore I can’t go to the affair. Give the card to some friend at the office whose wife can dress better than I can.”

  2. “The next day they took the case to the jeweler whose name they found inside. He consulted his records. ‘I didn’t sell that necklace, madame,’ he said. ‘I only supplied the case.’”

  3. “When Mme. Loisel brought the necklace back, Mme. Forestier said to her frostily, ‘You should have brought it back sooner; I might have needed it.’”

  4. “She grieved over the shabbiness of her apartment, the dinginess of the walls, the worn-out appearance of the chairs, the ugliness of the draperies.”

8. “She had a well-to-do friend, a classmate of convent-school days whom she would no longer go to see, simply because she would feel so distressed on returning home. And she would weep for days on end from vexation, regret, despair, and anguish.”


Which words best describe the mood of the story, as shown in the above passage?

  1. hopeful

  2. gloomy and hopeless

  3. joyful and excited

  4. anxious

9. “She would dream of great reception halls hung with old silks, of fine furniture filled with priceless curios, and small, stylish, scented sitting rooms just right for the four o’clock chat with intimate friends…”


What literary term is represented in the passage above?

  1. allusion

  2. metaphor

  3. euphemism

  4. alliteration

10. After Madame Loisel loses Madame Forestier’s necklace, the Loisels spend the next ten years paying back their debt on a replacement necklace. When the debt is finally repaid, Madame Forestier tells Madame Loisel that the necklace was fake. This is an example of which kind of irony?



  1. verbal irony

  2. situational irony

  3. dramatic irony

11. “She was one of those pretty and charming girls, born, as if by an accident of fate, into a family of clerks.”


The above quotation is an example of which type of characterization?

  1. direct

  2. indirect, speech

  3. indirect, appearance

  4. indirect, action

12. “‘But my dear, I thought you’d be thrilled to death. You never get a chance to go out, and this is a real affair, a wonderful one! I had an awful time getting a card. Everyone wants one; it’s much sought after, and not many clerks have a chance at one. You’ll see all the most important people there.’”


The above quotation is an example of which type of characterization of Mr. Loisel?

  1. direct

  2. indirect, speech

  3. indirect, appearance

  4. indirect, action

13. “Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she scornfully tossed the invitation on the table, murmuring, ‘What good is that to me?’”


The word scornfully most likely means

  1. delightedly

  2. excitedly

  3. rudely

  4. quickly

14. “She danced madly, wildly, drunk with pleasure, giving no thought to anything in the triumph of her beauty, the pride of her success, in a kind of happy cloud composed of all the adulation, of all the admiring glances, of all the awakened longings, a sense of complete victory that is so sweet to a woman’s heart.”


The word adulation most likely means

  1. excessive flattery or admiration

  2. kinetic energy

  3. angry atmosphere

  4. sweet-smelling smoke

15. “He went about raising the money, asking a thousand francs from one, four hundred from another, a hundred here, sixty there. He signed notes, made ruinous deals, did business with loan sharks, ran the whole gamut of money-lenders. He compromised the rest of his life…”


The word ruinous most likely means

  1. causing aggression

  2. risky, based on chance

  3. causing ruin, destructive

  4. high-interest

SECTION 2: SHORT ANSWER


16-17. Find one piece of evidence that the story is told from a Third Person Limited Point of View. Quote the passage exactly, and give its page number.
18-20. Then, explain why or how your quote proves the POV.

21-23. What is the setting of the story? Include time period and place in which the story occurred. Give evidence from the story for your answer.




    1. What is the theme of this story? In other words, what message did you take away from

reading this text? Please state in a complete sentence (like a thesis statement). What’s one piece of evidence from the story that supports your theme?

27-31. Choose ONE question and write a short, well-developed paragraph to explain your answer.


#1 The effects of Mathilde’s envy and the loss of the necklace are hardest on

a. Mathilde herself b. Mathilde’s husband c. both of the Loisels d. Mme. Forestier


There’s more than one right answer. Please include at least one example from the story to support your ideas.
#2 If you could change the ending, would you? Why or why not? How would you change it? Write s short, well-developed paragraph to explain your answer.


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