The Necklace Comprehension Questions



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The Necklace Comprehension Questions
Name _____________________________ Block _________ Answer the questions in COMPLETE SENTENCES!!!


  1. How is Mme. Loisel described?



  1. What made her sad (grieve)?



  1. What did her husband bring Mathilde that upset her? Why was she upset?



  1. M. Loisel gave his wife money. What did she plan on buying and what had he planned on buying before he offered her the money?



  1. What did M. Loisel suggest to his wife when she said it was embarrassing not to have a jewel on her dress?



  1. What did she borrow from Mme. Forestier?



  1. How did the people at the party react to Mathilde? Use details.



  1. Why didn’t she want to wear the wraps her husband brought for going home to keep her warm?



  1. What did she lose that night?



  1. What lie did they tell to Mme. Forestier? Why?



  1. How did they get the money?



  1. Why was Mme. Forestier upset with Mathilde?


  1. Explain the changes the Loisels made in their lives and how long it took. Use details.


  1. How was Mathilde’s appearance altered because of the life changes?


  1. What happened at the end? Why was Mathilde surprised?

The Necklace Comprehension Questions Answers
How is Mme. Loisel described?

She is described as pretty and charming, but had no dowry. She dressed plainly and was unhappy because she wasn’t rich. She hated her shabby apartment and daydreamed about being rich with fine furniture.


What made her sad (grieve)?

What made her sad was that she didn’t have luxuries of being rich. She grieved over the shabbiness of her apartment, the dinginess of the walls, the wornout appearance of the chairs, the ugliness of the draperies.


What did her husband bring Mathilde that upset her? Why was she upset?

He brought her an invitation to an evening reception at the Ministerial Mansion. She was upset because she didn’t have a dress to wear.


M. Loisel gave his wife money. What did she plan on buying and what had he planned on buying before he offered her the money?

She planned on buying a dress; he planned on buying a rifle to go hunting.


What did M. Loisel suggest to his wife when she said it was embarrassing not to have a jewel on her dress?

He said she could wear a flower. She didn’t like that idea, so he suggested that she borrow jewelry from her friend Mme. Forestier.


What did she borrow from Mme. Forestier?

She borrowed a diamond necklace.


How did the people at the party react to Mathilde? Use details.

She was the prettiest one there, fashionable, gracious, smiling, wild with joy. All the men turned to look at her, asked who she was, begged to be introduced, and wanted to waltz with her.


Why didn’t she want to wear the wraps her husband brought for going home to keep her warm?

They were shabby, everyday life garments that clashed with her stylish evening clothes.


What did she lose that night?

She lost the necklace she borrowed.


What lie did they tell to Mme. Forestier? Why?

They said she broke the clasp and were having it repaired. They lied to give her more time to find it. They didn’t find it and had to buy a new one.


How did they get the money?

They had 18,000 francs; they borrowed some and raised some.


Why was Mme. Forestier upset with Mathilde?

She was upset because Mathilde didn’t return it sooner and Mme. Forestier might have needed it.


Explain the changes the Loisels made in their lives and how long it took. Use details.

M. Loisel worked two jobs, Mme. Loisel bartered for cheaper food, and it took 10 years to pay off the debts.


How was Mathilde’s appearance altered because of the life changes?

She looked older, harder, and her clothes were old and tattered.


What happened at the end? Why was Mathilde surprised?

She finds out the necklace was fake and the past 10 years of working hard and living like a pauper were unnecessary because the necklace was not worth what they paid for it.
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