The Stories of John Cheever

08gwmzy2lkqd t
NATIONAL BESTSELLER Winner of the Pulitzer Prize When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. In the years since, it has become a classic. Vintage Books is proud to reintroduce this magnificent collection. Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called "the greatest generation." From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in "The Enormous Radio" to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" and "The Swimmer," Cheever tells us everything we need to know about "the pain and sweetness of life." From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
333 Questions
331 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring historical references such as Casablanca and Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as videos that help explain Common Core literary devices such as types of irony and figurative language, as well as annotations describing inferences, characterization, and foreshadowing. Students will explore the themes of drinking destroying lives and differences of perspective based on culture. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

The curriculet is being added to your library

Goodbye, My Brother

In the beginning of any story, as the author establishes the setting and characters, the reader must infer information. See below for more information about inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Based on textual evidence, does the narrator feel a sense of closeness with Lawrence? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What does the mother do that is unusual for her? 
Cotton Mather was a Puritan minister who some claim was directly responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. If Mather remembered the minister as someone who spoke out against the Devil, he must have been very extreme. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
The narrator has listed many reasons his brother has problems with their mother. Which of the following is NOT a reason listed? 
Authors reveal what their characters are right using many techniques. In this case, the author is letting you know that the mother is unhappy with her life through what she says and does. This type of character development is called indirect characterization. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What Lawrence says about the house reveals 
By comparing water to "the cleansing force claimed for baptism," the author is using a biblical reference, implying that the water somehow helped them to forgive Lawrence, as water is supposed to help God to forgive sins. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Using inferences, who must "he" be? 
Backgammon is a game played with dice and a complicated board. See below for an image of a backgammon board.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Because Chaddy and the narrator quite often fight when they play against each other, it is inevitable that 
The narrator imagines some great horror within the mind of his brother. Since the story is written in first person point of view, where the narrator is part of the story and only truly knows his own feelings, thoughts, and motivations, it is difficult to say for sure what Lawrence thinks. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Based upon the way he describes his wife, it is clear to the reader that 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on textual evidence, which of the following is most probably the definition of the word "saturnine"?  
The characterization here, again indirect, shows that Ruth cannot relax and have fun. She feels compelled to work while others are relaxing. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
In this paragraph, Lawrence has said goodbye to many things. What is one thing he has NOT said goodbye to? 
Brother killing brother may be a reference, or allusion, to the biblical tale of Cain and Abel. See below for a video that reviews many of the details of the Bible story.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What seems odd about Lawrence's departure? 
The theme of this story, that Lawrence was forever a pessimist, who could never look at the world and see the good in it, becomes clear in this last paragraph. 

The Common Day

Note the vivid way in which the author describes light in the highlighted text. See below for more information about imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary device is evident in the highlighted text? 
In this story, it is quite evident that the family is wealthy, from the way the author describes the house to the way the servants interact with Jim, the narrator. The family has a particular cultural perspective on the world. Pay attention to how it colors their interactions with each other and with the actions in the plot. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
In which ways does the author reveal that Agnes loves Carlotta? 
Although the sun has blinded them temporarily, their imperfections will soon come shining through. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
What does Ellen's reaction to her husband's disapproval say about her beliefs about the world? 
While Mrs. Garrison longs to be young again, Carlotta is tired of being young and wishes she were older. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Who must "she" be? 
Note the difference in social classes here: both Agnes and Greta, of the lower class, cannot travel as they would wish. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Unlike Greta and Agnes, Nils is upfront about his discontent. Because he is lower class, it is probable that Mrs. Garrison will fire him.  
The light could symbolize his authority as man of the house, and the fact that they go on without him may mean that they will grow beyond the need to have a man tell them what to do. 

The Enormous Radio

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Because Jim and Irene do not understand how mechanical things work, it is probably that 
Rather than the pure music they enjoyed with their older radio, they are able to hear all sorts of other electronic devices that interfere with their enjoyment of the music. 
More than simply hearing objects that interfere with their music, they are now overhearing conversations of other people. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Instead of hearing music, they are now hearing the lives of others. How might this effect them? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How has overhearing the secret conversations of others changed Irene? 
To have a context for what she listened to, see this music video below, which features the Salvation Army.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Hearing the secrets of others has made Ellen feel 
The author is using foreshadowing here, to indicate that the secrets Irene heard from others will soon be replicated in her own house. Foreshadowing is when an author gives hints of what is to come. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Who does Irene think will hear them fighting? 

O City of Broken Dreams

Notice the use of a simile here, which adds to the sense of dread. See below for more information about similes.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What might worry the conductor about their appearance? 
By this and by many other clues, the reader can infer that the Malloys have never gone to New York before. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is most evident in the highlighted text? 
Since the short story is called "O City of Broken Dreams," the bell boy's wish most likely will not come true. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The speed of the plot is picking up, due to the repeated phrase 
This line is from the song "As Time Goes By," and it was immortalized by the movie Casablanca. See below for a clip from that movie.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How does the crowd treat Alice differently after the song ends? 
As they are obviously new in town, people are trying to take advantage of their naivete.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What is the difference between this and the other office? 
Even the receptionist is trying to make money off Evarts, by having him bet on a chance at an automobile. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
What unusual thing does Evart find in Mr. Leavitt's office? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices does the butler use to describe the actress? 
New York, with all its false glitter and pretense, has taken away Evart's will to work. The falseness of New York is a recurrent theme in this story. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why has Evart wished he could talk to Mama Finelli? 

The Hartleys

The reader can infer that Mrs. Hartley is loving towards her daughter. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What kind of characterization is evident here in the highlighted text? 
Anne is spoiled by her father. Pay attention to her relationship with her mother. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What evidence does the author provide to support the claim that Anna is spoiled? 
Pay attention to the clues the author gives that explain what loss they may have suffered. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Based on context clues, what problem do the Hartley's have? 
The only thing in their life that they both love and that seems to keep them together, Anne, is destroyed. Will their marriage last? 

The Sutton Place Story

Even by the first sentence, the author provides textual evidence to demonstrate that the family is middle to upper class. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Which of the following pieces of textual evidence help the reader to infer that the family is wealthy? 
Note the use of imagery here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Katherine's misinterpretation of Renee's question indicates that 
Could the fact that someone she was close to died intensify her feelings of love for a child, as though her biological clock is ticking away? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How does the author show that Renee has changed? 
Because Renee is acting just as her mother might, Deborah is unhappy.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which of the following details show the reader that Renee cared for Deborah? 
Katherine's careless disregard for her child may have angered Mrs. Emerson. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What does the author reveal about Robert's character in the highlighted passage? 
If Katherine were to read a little further in the chapter, God does not require Abraham to sacrifice Isaac in the end. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
How does Katherine feel about Deborah's disappearance?  
Prohibition was a time in U.S. history where drinking was illegal.  

The Summer Farmer

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
As in many stories, the motif of drinking too much is evident. It is not yet a theme, however. See below for more information about motif.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Why does the farmer look guilty? 
In other words, Paul only pretends to farm, playing at it when farming is pleasant, and only on the weekends. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Contrast Paul and Kasiak in their attitudes toward farming.  
Even though Paul and Kasiak work together, they are not friends. Pay attention to how they treat each other. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Why does Kasiak say he left Russia? 
This could be a biblical reference to Mathew 7, where Jesus explains that before someone should worry about the mote, or speck, in their neighbor's eye, they should remove the beam from their own. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Which of the following literary works is alluded to in the highlighted text? 
It is not possible for Kasiak, who cares for nature and farming, to have killed the rabbits. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What principle did Paul lose that weekend? 

Torch Song

Because fresh vegetables would be hard to get in New York, as they return to the city after the weekend, residents bring the country back with them. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Because Joan follows the Count to Times Square, it is obvious that 
This event puts the setting of the story at anywhere from 1936-1939. Want to learn more? Check out this link:  (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Why might Jack's new wife be angry at the idea of going to Joan's house? 
The reader can infer that Franz just hit Joan. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
A common motif related to Joan would be 
A Torch Song is a ballad sung about lost love. See below, for a movie trailer entitled Torch Song, to see more about the genre. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Which war must this refer to? 
Here again, Joan's love and trust is betrayed. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Whoever seems the most unlikely and the most hopeless must be the one that Joan is with. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Joan's arrival foreshadows Jack's 
Jack suspects that Joan is actually the specter of death. 

The Pot of Gold

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is most evident in the highlighted text? 
Van Gogh painted sunflowers in a series of paintings. See one such painting, below.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Ralph imagines many of the common place things of his life to be symbols of poverty. Which of the following does he NOT equate with poverty? 
All of Ralph's dreams have come undone. New York's sparkle of diamonds, as in "O City of Lost Dreams" is revealed to be nothing but rainwater.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Using the highlighted text as evidence, the reader can infer that 
In his quest to block out the noise and bustle of New York, Ralph may find his future. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
In the end, the blinds 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Based on context clues, it is obvious that Mrs. Holinshed 
Although for modern times this salary seems extremely small, it is evident from Ralph's thoughts and Mr. Hadaam's reaction that the salary must be extremely generous. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The terrible cough foreshadows 
Recall that at one time, Alice was better off than Laura, and that Laura lent her money. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What did the soap symbolize to Mrs. Holinshed? 
And now what was foreshadowed has come to past. Mr. Hadaam's job is not possible. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What is the treasure he has been seeking? 

Clancy in the Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel is an allusion to the book of Genesis, which among other things describes a time when all people spoke the same language. They tried to build a tower to God and were punished for their attempt by being cursed with that common language being broken into different languages. What might the tower symbolize in the story? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
How does Clancy treat his place of employment? 
Clancy wants Mr. Rowantree to be happy, as he perceives the other tenants in the building to be happy. 
Although Clancy does not realize it, Mr. Rowantree works in an antique store. the idea that one man's trash is another man's treasure is common to the antique business. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
How does Clancy perceive Bobbie? 
There are two biblical allusions or references here. Sodom was destroyed because of its wickedness. Golgotha is where Jesus was crucified.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What is Mr. Rowantree trying to do? 
It has to be Rowantree who has taken up a collection for him. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How does Clancy react to the idea that Mr. Rowantree thinks he's dying? 
He finally realizes that as he is not perfect, he cannot expect perfection from others. 

Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor

Christmas is a sad day for Charlie, because he has to work. 
Pay attention, as each tenant feels empathy for Charlie and says they know how he feels because their own situation is sad. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Contrast Charlie's attitude towards his job to that of Clancy in "Clancy and the Tower of Babel." 
In the past, elevators had to have someone to operate them. See below for a video about this occupation.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why does Charlie not feel a connection with Mrs. Gadshill? 
In his misery, Charlie lies to the tenants. There will be repercussions, if they find out he lied. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What do the tenants do for Charlie? 
It is inevitable that after the tenants treated him like a family member that he would be fired, because as in many of the author's stories, the upper and lower class cannot mix peacefully. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
What does the landlady realize about Christmas? 

The Season of Divorce

This story is written in first person point of view. The narrator assumes that he knows everything about his wife's life. Normally, when a story is written in first person, we are only certain of the narrator's thoughts and actions. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What clues does the author give to show that the Trenchers have no children? 
Again, the narrator takes his wife for granted. This may be his fatal flaw, which is a character flaw that causes someone's downfall. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Who does the narrator suspect is calling them? 
One can tell through indirect characterization that Ethel enjoys the attention she is getting from Dr. Trencher, and, subsequently, not getting from her husband. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What clues does the author give to explain that the narrator does not truly understand his wife? 
Dr. Trencher's roses symbolize her self worth. She feels like she has no worth now that she is trapped in her marriage. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Because the narrator has taken his wife for granted for so long,  
Although he cannot tell her he loves her, and says he doesn't understand her, the violence he shows towards Dr. Trencher may be enough for her to understand the depth of his love. 

The Chaste Clarissa

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
In this metaphor, who are the sheep? 
This Latin phrase means "sound body," and is usually paired with "sound mind," as in, if your body is sound, your mind will be, too. This implies that they believe in exercise helping the mind. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
It is obvious that Baxter 
This is the first moment she has shown some emotion. It is possible that she has some mythic connection to the sea, as in the video of "The Selkie Bride" below:  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What is unusual about Clarissa's response? 
This sentence may foreshadow something supernatural about Clarissa. Just as easily, it may symbolize that Clarissa is unhappy. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What does Baxter do to connect with Clarissa? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What is the author inferring here about Baxter and the woman? 
Clarissa has no self confidence. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
What is the author implying will happen next? 

The Cure

Unhappy marriages with and without children seems to be a theme in this series of short stories. See below for more information about how to determine theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Which of the following historical events is this most probably referring to? 
This sentence foreshadows that the narrator is about to have his peace of mind violated. Could this be the Tom referred to in the beginning? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Why does the narrator call the invader Tom at the beginning of the story? 
The seeming threat of an invader preys on his mind.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
The highlighted text is best summarized as 
Grace Harris foreshadows the narrator's doom. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What might both the shopping and the beautiful girl do to help the narrator to live? 
Could the tragedy foreshadowed be that he could not actually be free of his wife? 

The Superintendent

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How might Mrs. Coolidge feel about people forced to move out? 
Although this story takes place in a large city, neighbors in such cities take on the aspects of a small town. Everyone in the neighborhood knows the private life of everyone else. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Although the tenants are more prosperous than the Superintendent, he  
Chester feels that the "below stairs" servants are more polite than the tenants. He must have pride. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
As the tenants in the building are increasingly more upper class, they 
From the time she moved in to now, she has climbed up in social status. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on the context clues given, "grass widow" is 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
These descriptions add to the fanciness of the hotel. See below for an image of brass stanchions:  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on Chester's reaction, the position of janitor is 
Pay attention to the difference between how she speaks to Chester on the telephone versus how she speaks in front of Mrs. Bestwick. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
There are many ways the author shows that Mrs. Bestwick is a higher quality person than Mrs. Negus. Which is one? 
Another theme that appears within the work of this author is that it is beneficial to help one another. 

The Children

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
How does Mr. Hatherly's treatment of Victor change over time? 
Based on how Mr. Haverly behaved before the presentation, even though Victor is given more responsibility, it is possible that Junior will be the figurehead in the business. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
This metaphor means that 
Note the use of imagery in this paragraph. For many, the smell of cooking cabbage is an indication of poverty. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Mr. Hatherly shows he is controlling in many ways. Which is one way he does NOT show he is controlling? 
Although Junior was not a figurehead, he did eventually get power over Victor. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
The highlighted text clues the reader to the fact that 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Which of the following themes is developed in this short story? 
Eating your peas off a knife is a sign of low class. 
As the relationship with Mr. Haverly foreshadowed, it is entirely possible that Mrs. Brownlee will not remember them in her will when she passes. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices does the author employ to show the disrepair of the house? 
Imagine how Hester must feel about Victor and his wife, living in her mother's house. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Based on the description of Mrs. Brownlee, it is evident that Saint Michael must have been 
Again, they end up the guests of someone else. They must be working for Mrs. Jackson. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What does Theresa's saying "I'm homesick" reveal about her character? 
Note the imagery here to describe Sault Ste Marie. In modern times, it is connected to the mainland by a bridge, pictured below.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Based on their history with the elderly, it is probable that 
Will she ask them to move in, as others have? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices does the author use to describe the wind? 
One can only speculate if they will be allowed to stay. It is symbolic that they have been asked to stay in Talbot's room, as he was the Sauers dead child. 

The Sorrows of Gin

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Based on this exchange between Amy and the others, it is clear that 
Amy does not feel her parents have anything to teach her. It is possible that her lack of respect will foreshadow disaster. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on context clues, "in service" must mean 
Because Marcia invades the privacy of her cooks, this might be the reason that she's had five in a row. Servants had very little privacy in this time period. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Amy's father is about to 
Amy's father will not believe that Amy herself emptied the bottle. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Who may be emptying all the alcohol bottles? 
If her father is more steady after beginning to drink, he is an alcoholic. See below for other warning signs.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7
How are her parents and their guests like the alcoholics in the video? 
Amy has no respect for her elders. This may drive her to some action that will force the adults in her life to pay attention to her. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Because of her reputation, Mr. Lawton will most probably 
The list of what children bring in preparation of a sea voyage is fanciful and not practical.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

O Youth and Beauty!

Based on the names mentioned at the beginning of the story, as well as the description of Cash, these characters seem to belong to the same world as the ones in the last story. Cash is most likely an alcoholic.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
This statement indicates that Lucy feels 
Their search for eternal youth has failed him. One theme of this story might be the inevitability of aging. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Many images remind Cash of death. Which of the following does NOT remind him of the inevitability of death? 
Summer is oftentimes viewed as a time of youth. What might happen to Cash? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
The highlighted text is a metaphor for 
Having regained his youth, he must now die. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
This detail caps the theme of 

The Day the Pig Fell into the Well

Gilbert and Sullivan wrote some very famous musicals. Below, see an excerpt from the Pirates of Penzance, for an idea of what a family singing might look like.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The Nudds provide Russell with 
It is interesting that when they describe this story, they don't call it the story of when Aunt Martha had to swim to shore, but rather the story of the pig falling into the well. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which of the following describes one way Ethel has changed since going to college? 
Degas, a famous French painter, loved to paint dancers. See below for a reproduction of one of his paintings.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
What purpose does the story of the pig in the well serve for the family? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Esther knows that Russell is not of the same social class as she is, although Russell has fooled himself otherwise. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Now that Russell is no longer a part of the family, it 
In other words, she acts more boldly than she might have otherwise. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
The family believes they don't need him. It remains to be seen if this is true. 
Who will they leave Whitebeach Camp to, now that Hartley is dead? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Does Joan really want to stay at Whitebeach Camp, or just to get attention from her family? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Whitebeach Camp has represented the past and not growth. 
Although Russell doesn't remember this part of the story, it is clear that Esther did. 
Section 1 quiz 

The Five-Forty-Eight

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Which of the following literary devices best describes the highlighted text? 
This story is full of rising action, which adds to the tension of the conflict. Try to determine the climax, or highest point of tension. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What can the reader infer is the real reason he came to her apartment? 
This is the first point in the story where the reader becomes aware that Mr. Blake has a wife. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What evidence did Mr. Blake have that he was better than Mr. Watkins? 
Miss Dent believes that Mr. Blake has ruined her chances. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The repetition of the word "don't" adds to the  
This is a reference to the book of Job in the Bible, where God and the Devil test Job to see if he is faithful to God, with the Devil taking more and more away from him. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Which of the following themes is evident in the highlighted text? 
The loneliness and inevitability of his situation is emphasized by the imagery used here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What effect does the imagery of the highlighted text have on the story? 
The rat symbolizes the fact that even in upper class neighborhoods, no one is perfect. 

Just One More Time

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
"Shoestring aristocrats" probably means 
Note the simile here, comparing social status, which is extremely important in the anthology, melting away. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Which of the following literary works is alluded to in the highlighted passage? 
Imagine what the beach would be like by watching the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
What does "summer would come again" probably mean? 

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill

Note the connection to the earlier story, where Russell fulfilled this function for his employer until his death. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Because he could not bring himself to fire Gil, 
Lying to your spouse is a motif in many of these stories. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
See below for an image of a nautilus.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
In comparison to what he has read in the paper, his theft is 
It is interesting that the narrator finds stealing 35 cents to be reprehensible, but he has stolen hundreds of dollars from a friend just the night before. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
The narrator overhears many things from the office next door. What is one thing he does NOT overhear? 
Stealing from his neighbor is not the first time he has stolen money. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why does the narrator react so violently to Burt's plan? 
His job at church that weekend was to accept the offerings of his church. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What type of person does the narrator say he detests? 
This and other references to stealing are examples of dramatic irony, where the audience knows more than the characters do. See below for more information about dramatic irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What event does Christine not understand at this point? 
Again, the narrator is solving his problems with theft. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
In the end, he can't steal his way out of his problems because 

The Bus to St. James’s

Although the wealthy and middle class parents are barely awake, the lower class is up and working at this hour. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices best describes the highlighted text? 
Rather than being horrified at her lack of emotion, Mr. Bruce admires it. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What does Mr. Bruce observe occurring between Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan? 
If you've never experienced Robert's Rules of Order, which is a formal way to run a meeting, see below for more information.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on context clues, the word "pie" in the highlighted text most probably means 
Although he cherishes her frailness, it may cause them problems in the future. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Although his wife doesn't work, it appears that Mr. Bruce often 
It may be that the haze reminds Mr. Bruce of a painting much like the below:  (This annotation contains an image)
Why might he want her at a disadvantage?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Based on context clues, the reader can infer that 
Note the monotony of the lives of the upper class. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
There are many women in the short story collections that are oppressed, but Lois is not one of them. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
The red color might symbolize 
They strive to ensure their children remain in the upper class, by ensuring they have all the proper training. 

The Worm in the Apple

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What does "a worm in their rosy apple" most probably mean? 
The community's obsessive certainty that there must be something wrong with the family says that for each person in Shady Hill, there are unspoken problems. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Which of the following fairy tales is the highlighted most reminiscent? 
Although their lives are not perfect, they continue to be happy. It appears the "worm" may be the discontent of the observer, in wishing ill upon them. 

The Trouble of Marcie Flint

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Which of the following point of views is prevalent in the text so far? 
Note the nautical terms used here, to describe what she is doing as though she, too, is on a boat. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
What two events are tied together, in the minds of the people of Shady Hill? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Which social class finds the library necessary for success at life? 
Shady Hill has been prominent in many different stories in this anthology. Now it is revealed that they place no emphasis on education or reading as a means of improving one's social status. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
As he travels much more than the rest of his family, he suddenly wishes to travel again. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why might Mrs. Selfredge be upset with what she overhears Marcie say? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
All his industry may have caused 
The community is full of falseness, and Mr. Timmons won't admit to any guilt. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Directly after poisoning his own children, he discovers that 
Mark sees Mackham as lower class, and so not worthy of respect. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Although Charlie has left, in the end 

The Bella Lingua

The title, beautiful language in Italian, plus the highlighted text serve to imply that this story may be about learning a different language. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
In addition to language, Streeter does not understand 
The relationships between people and the world around them, vital to understanding the people who live there, leaves him confused. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why might Mrs. Dresser have wished to stay in Rome, rather than going back to the United States? 
This paragraph establishes Kate as someone who understands Italian culture, as Streeter does not. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What experience destroys Streeter's enjoyment of the scenery?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7
What kind of conflict is occurring within Kate's apartment?  
There are several types of conflict in this story. See below for types of conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
The events Streeter observes on his way home seem coarse and incomprehensible to him, perhaps because he doesn't understand the language. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Uncle George symbolizes 
Uncle George cannot understand what he sees, as the glass of the bus is a metaphor for the difference in culture. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Explain the change in the price of coffee, using textual evidence.  
Uncle George does not understand the passion of the man in the church. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What event causes Uncle George to believe Rome to be ugly? 
The theme of the story is made clear in this moment. Culture is just another way to look at life. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Which of the following themes is furthered in the highlighted text? 
What Charlie does not realize is that in America, he will not fit in because he has been raised in another country. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The true reason Kate has never left Italy comes clear in this passage. She  

The Wrysons

Again, the community of Shady Hill is featured, the place where education is seen as a threat. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What might these boats symbolize?  
Donald's oddness can be connected to his close relationship with his mother. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Why might Donald feel it necessary to hide that he could make a cake? 
This sentence tells the reader that the above sadness did not occur. 

The Country Husband

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on context clues, the contents of the flask must be 
This event might be an example of situational irony, when what happens is not what is expected. See the video for more information about this type of irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Because Francis has tried twice to tell his story about the crash,  
Note the metaphor here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Use descriptions of Jupiter to explain why he doesn't belong in the community of Shady Hill. 
To imagine what life might be like for a German mistress, look at this video clip about Hitler's mistress. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Francis cannot talk about World War II because 
This statement foreshadows Francis's interest in Anne. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The flowers may symbolize  
The light makes everything pure and innocent, even his lust. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Both Venus and Eros are symbols of 
Francis cannot follow through on his lust because Gertrude is present, and although she doesn't understand what he wanted, Gertrude can see his dislike. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why does Francis feel more weary today than other days? 
For all of Shady Hill, appearance is more important than reality.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Clayton sees the worm in Shady Hill to be 
Just when Francis was feeling the most free, he was ruining his future. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
To stop her complaining, Francis 
Julia knows her husband so little that she thinks his leaving dirty clothes out shows his hatred. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Julia shows she is the organized one in the family by 
As he has just sunk Clayton's future, he looks at the bright faces of his own children. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is represented in the highlighted text? 
Nothing has changed in Shady Hill. 

The Duchess

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What is the setting of this story? 
It appears that the Duke is happy with his choice of wife. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Winifred-Mae is unique because 
Here is a story of a princess who never smiled, for an idea of what the story entails.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Contrary to her earlier behavior, Winifred-Mae 
A turning point is another word for a climax, from which there is nothing but falling action. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The incident with the attack 
Could it be that all the grandeur of her suitors was her downfall? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
These sentences reveal that 
This is a lovely compliment. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How did the Duchess spend her money? 

The Scarlet Moving Van

The metaphor of social status resembling a hill is interesting and powerful. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Much like many other communities described in this anthology, to make a social connection, Mrs. Folkestone suggests 
Note the reference to the Greeks, who put great emphasis on physical beauty. Consider why they might have called him "Greek God." 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Which Greek God might Charlie represent? 
This phrase means to stop drinking alcohol. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Gee-Gee's message seems to be 
Like novels of older times, these letters are meant to represent the first letter in the name of a town. Rather than making a fictional town name, novels used to refer to real towns, but only by their first letter. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
What might this description of the drive back foreshadow? 
By refusing to answer the phone, Charlie is effectively sacrificing Gee Gee. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What does the metaphor of the summer's day symbolize? 
Gee Gee's discontent has spread to Charlie, tying them together in excessive drinking, much like perhaps Dionysus would have wanted. 

Just Tell Me Who It Was

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Will improved his social outlook by 
His obsession with how his young wife is doing while he is away from her may foreshadow some impropriety she may commit later. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How does Maria react to her husband's declaration of love? 
Her beauty seems destined to destroy them. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Since Will's visor will not stay open,  
The image of an elderly knight retiring from the field, is clear here. See below for an imaginary knight.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Although Maria feels he interferes too much in her life, Will thinks 
It is possible that Maria is not the woman he saw. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
The highlighted text may be dramatic irony, as the reader knows Will is worried about his wife having an affair but the young couple is not. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The events leading up to Will's leaving the Townsend's party serve to 
In this story, the motif of light symbolizes happiness. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How do the women of Shady Hill pass the time? 
The "it" Will refers to is an affair. 

Brimmer

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Satyrs, gods, and heroes are all references to 
Unlike human eyes, which have a round pupil, goats' pupils are a line. See below.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Which of the following literary devices is represented in the highlighted text? 
The narrator feels here that he is old. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What does the narrator discover, as he returns to his room? 
These two, as a result of their affair, did not enjoy the journey as the rest of the passengers did. By repeating the phrase "they didn't see" over and over again, the narrator stresses how separate the two are from the rest of the passengers. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What clues does the narrator use to determine the business woman is evil? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What might the windows exploding symbolize? 
Storms can be harbingers of doom in stories. 
Life is symbolized by enjoying the scenery, while death is symbolized by staying inside and having an affair. 

The Golden Age

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
How does the narrator describe Americans? 
Renting a castle for the summer indicates that they must have some money. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why does Mr. Seton describe himself as a poet to the villagers?  
Note the cultural misunderstanding here. Seton's children act this way because they've had exposure to their father's show. The women of the village, however, think actual America is this violent. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What type of characterization is most evident in this paragraph? 
Although he professes not to be a poet, he has a poet's eye for beauty. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Although Seton thought the Italians would love him more for being a poet, they enjoy his television show more. 

The Lowboy

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The narrator seems not to be too attached to objects, as evident by 
It could be that Richard desires something stored within the lowboy, and not that it symbolizes the center of his family. See below for an image of a lowboy.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the foreshadow of some disaster here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Richard is in danger because 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
By recreating the past, Richard has 
Remembering the past causes pain for Richard. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The lowboy has transformed Richard into 
Section 2 

The Music Teacher

Seton has no empathy for his wife and cannot empathize with her. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Seton tried to be romantic, and failed. Is Jessica really trying to accuse him? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What might a trollop be? 
Through indirect characterization, the reader can infer that he feels awkward. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What event has changed Jessica? 
He thought he was coming to learn piano, but the teacher thinks he wants to "bring her to her knees," or destroy his wife. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The highlighted sentence is an example of 
Someone has killed her. But who? 

A Woman Without a Country

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
How does the repetition of "I saw her" effect the text? 
It is not her fault that she was assaulted, but she will get all the blame anyway. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
By repeating American again and again, perhaps Mr. Stebbins will increase her homesickness. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

The Death of Justina

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The description that proceeds the highlighted text indicates that his childhood was 
The narrator will use MacPherson's lack of empathy to characterize their relationship. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Summarize the highlighted text. 
The sense of absurdity here, that because of bad zoning rulings by the council, no one can even die where Moses lives, is strong.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
They cannot make an exception for him because 
It is interesting to see what Moses in his dream views as "native garb." 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
This most famous of Psalms may sum up for Moses, a biblical reference even to his name, that life is more than advertising. 

Clementina

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following is the best definition of fidanzato, based on contextual clues? 
Marcello is a church in Rome. See below for an image.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
These stories demonstrate 
Clementina has the opportunity to leave Italy and work in the United States. Will she take it? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
One major difference Clementina notices is 
By this, the reader should infer that the family is wealthy, with the wife doing charity for others. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
What does she remember about her old life, as she considers marrying Joe? 
No one writes to remind her how much she loved Italy. Her uncle's letters remain dark and depressing. 
This sentence demonstrates how different the American family is from her Italian one. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
What does Maria see that she feels is the same as in Italy? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
The author does not describe the Italian wedding, but the reader can infer 
This feast is in remembrance of Joesph, husband to Mary.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
She cannot send a letter explaining America to her mother because 

Boy in Rome

This narrator is younger than others, and the reader can infer this by looking at the sentence structure. There are many run on sentences. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why does the boy think they live in Rome? 
The boy doesn't understand why his grandfather was so angry, but it may be the lack of respect he showed his grandfather that caused him to be cut out of the will. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
The difference between the songs and reality is 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is represented by the highlighted text? 
Vesuvius is a famous active volcano. See below for an image.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What has changed about the boy? 
With this sentence, the boy declares that he will have trouble understanding his mother. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What job does the boy find? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Which of the following literary devices best represents the highlighted text? 
Although she is a princess, she lives in the poor part of town. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Based on the porter's attitude, the princess 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is represented in the highlighted text? 
Because this paragraph is set apart from the text by a set of parenthesis, it is clear that the rest of the story is a flashback. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What was actually in the package? 

A Miscellany of Characters That Will Not Appear

Each mini sketch is a different element, described but not actually used in a story, or used but should be removed from a story. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
This man is characteristic of Cheever's writing because 
The imagery here is very vivid, but the writer has made clear that all these settings and characters are to be edited out. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What type of irony is evident in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
The theme evident in this last highlighted segment is 

The Chimera

Although the narrator tries to please his wife, she appears to find fault in everything he does. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Many tragic events have occurred with the brothers in law of the narrator. What is one thing that has NOT occurred? 
The smell of a forest invokes some amount of imagery here, of returning to his youth. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Is Olga real? Support your response with textual evidence. 
Note the humor here. See below for what curlers of the past looked like.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Why does he decide to stay? 
Even the girl of his dreams is falling apart. 

The Seaside Houses

Note the imagery here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which of the following is revealed in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The atmosphere of the house is effecting the mind of the narrator. This is  
The public face of the family is very different from the one the narrator seems to see. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Now that she is drunk, the neighbor admits 
The following paragraph demonstrates the imagination of the narrator. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
In comparison to his first family 

The Angel of the Bridge

This could be a theme of the story, the longing for youth. See below to see a refresher of how a reader determines theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Phobias are serious problems, and this one may impact his brother in a negative way. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The narrator is convinced that 
As his fear increases, his connection with reality seems to decrease. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
The young girl may symbolize  

The Brigadier and the Golf Widow

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Based on context clues, "golf widow" most probably means 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The characterization of Mrs. Flannagan indicates 
The reader should infer that they have just had an affair. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Based on the highlighted text, the reader can infer that Charlie 
He perceives himself as old and fat, thus unattractive to Mrs. Flannagan. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Why might she want something Charlie wears? 
The lack of a key foreshadows Charlie's doom. Why might she want the key? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
It appears the wife feels modern life makes living piously difficult.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
In the end, the key has 
Note the situational irony here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

A Vision of the World

Note the flashback here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
What the narrator sees in the garden symbolizes 
By pairing the narrator's humor with one single sentence, stating the sorrow of his wife, the author is emphasizing the contrast between the two characters. 
These songs represent "Tin Pan Alley" music, which was created in New York around the time of the Great Depressions of the 1920s. Below, you can find a music video for "Louisville Lou."  (This annotation contains a video)
These words, which themselves are not actual words from a real language, tie all the dreams together. What do all the characters seem to entreat the narrator to do? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
The characters in the dream entreat the narrator to 

Reunion

Note the foreshadowing of doom here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How does the narrator's father treat the waiters? 
It appears to be part of his father's character to be rude to servants. How might this symbolize the doom of the narrator? 

An Educated American Woman

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which type of characterization is evident in the highlighted text? 
This statement should serve to help the reader understand her social status. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
This denial will ensure that 
Georgie seems to be a more concerned parent than Jill. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
At the time of the camp, how old is Bibber? 
Georgie's own recollections of camp are coloring his view of this one. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Unlike some of the earlier stories, here the husband is trying to support his wife. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Jill has found her new cause. What will it do to her family? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Jill's campaign has caused her to 
Note the repetition of the question of belief. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Jill's concern about her cause may have 
Obviously, the person who Jill writes does not want to help her through her loss. 

Metamorphoses

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which of the following types of characterization is evident in the first paragraph? 
As in the first paragraph, the foreshadowing of future failure is strong in the highlighted text. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Now having faced trouble in the office, Larry 
Another symbol of his failure--he is taken for a working class person instead of a banker. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Based on textual evidence, one can infer that 
One can infer from the above paragraph that Betman's voice is very beautiful as well as persuasive. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Betman's problem is highlighted in 
Note the ominous imagery here, adding to the danger implied in the house. Betman has never been to the house; what will he find? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the direct characterization here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
The highlighted text is an allusion to 
Perhaps the author is alluding that she is like a naiad, a water nymph.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
This sentence echoes a theme expressed earlier in the short stories, that of 
By equating the Pentasons with the dirty cups and slop jar, the author implies that Mrs. Peranger sees no worth in her visitors.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
For the narrator, tobacco is compared to the water of life. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
By judging this man by his appearance, Bradish shows that he 
The narrator goes from one vice to another. 

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Only a few people saw that the plane was burning. Which of the following people did NOT see the plane on fire? 
Fossil coral is fairly common. See below for an image of a fossil coral that was not made into marble.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the imagery in the highlighted text. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
One theme common to the stories of John Cheever that is evident in the highlighted text is 
If you've never heard of Sara Teasdale, here below is a short video about her life.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
What have all these writings had in common? 

Montraldo

This is an amazing first line of a story. Its indirect characterization makes clear the narrator is not a conventional person. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What  action does the narrator complete that furthers the idea that he is not a conventional person? 
Again, the idea that the narrator is not conventional comes through. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Now the reader may begin to understand why the signora would continue to act lovingly towards someone who treated her so poorly. 

The Ocean

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Who does the narrator appear to fear? 
The author is revealing that the narrator is laid off or fired. 
The wailing wall is the one wall left standing of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. It is a site of Jewish pilgrimage. See below for an image of the wall.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Who is Minnie? 
Note the repetition of the word "try," as though to indicate that Cora does not accomplish anything. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
The repetition of "kill" serves to add to the tension of the scene. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
The husband and wife in the overheard relationship seem 
After overhearing a diatribe on how awful wives are, now the narrator thinks he sees his wife, planning to poison him. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How is the narrator like the man he overheard in the restaurant? 
Note the biblical reference to Eden. In the book of Genesis, the avenging angel comes to throw Adam and Eve out of the garden.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Which type of characterization is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the repetition of this phrase. Flora feels that it is acceptable to be unaware of the future, and generalizes this to her entire generation. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Which of the following themes is evident in the highlighted text? 
Could this sentence foreshadow his death? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

Marito in Città

Note the imagery here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
When he imagines his vacation, he has forgotten 
This allusion to mythology, of a nymph in the forest, is humorously juxtaposed with the image of a woman mopping the floor.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
So far, the narrator's misunderstandings about his wife have spread to 
He tries to use logic to see the world here. Will the imaginary world intrude again? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
He is having a crisis of conscience between  
Unlike the protagonist, she has no qualms about what they have done. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
The protagonist is thinking here 
As he considers returning to the dawn of life, notice the imagery. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
As he reflects on the triumphs of his family, he realizes that 

The Geometry of Love

Having made the generality that these women are all adulterers, he must therefore assume his wife to be one as well. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Mathilda's appearance and actions 
Euclid is a very famous Greek philosopher who created the basis of Geometry. See below for a very brief introduction to Euclid.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Mallory sees Euclid as reason and logic. This sentence foreshadows just how strange things are inside the house. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
How does Mallory see Euclid in this sentence? 
If he cares so passionately about reason and logic, and their happiness is based on "no discernible cause," then they may not stay together. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The description of Mathilda demonstrates 
Note the tragedy here, that she cared so little for him that she was not there for his death. Also, the angularity of his face, pared down to the bone, may have resembled geometric shapes. 

The Swimmer

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Which of the following works of literature is referenced here? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
To further the idea that he is an explorer, 
As Ned swims through the pools of his neighborhood, he examines it as an explorer might a foreign land. Note that he also seems to travel through time as well. 
Note the simile here, and also the fact that he is surprised to discover the Welchers have left, much as an explorer might be surprised to discover some tribe. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
The effect of the highlighted text  
Ned has been confused once. It is possible that the Hallorans are correct and that he is worse trouble than he thinks he is.  
Although at the beginning he seemed to have no care in the world, now time seems to have slipped. The trees and weather feel like autumn, and he has forgotten many details about the neighborhood. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
How long has he been swimming? 

The World of Apples

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What does indirect characterization reveal about the narrator? 
Perhaps his fame was making it difficult for him to work. 
Orpheus had self doubt, which in the end caused him to lose that which he wanted most. See below for more details. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Bascomb needs reminded of his vitality because 
Note the humor here. Is the poet degenerating? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
As he is more and more focused on carnal things, 
Although his poetry has become lewd, it is also very well written. Should he destroy the poems just because they are dirty? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The highlighted text is an example of 
By this sentence, it is clear that the story takes place after World War II. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What two events seem to have cleared his mind? 

Another Story

Using indirect characterization, the author reveals Boobee to be aristocratic, even though he is poor. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
How is Boobee different from the narrator's American neighbors? 
Although Boobee is a poor aristocrat in Italy, in America, he is discriminated against. Contrast this with how Americans are treated in Italy in his stories. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
This exchange, between Boobee and his in-laws, served to further 
This idea, that women feel themselves to be oppressed, is repeated throughout many of Cheever's stories. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
The story about the play reveals 
The dissatisfaction of wealthy women is clear in this story. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Which of the following themes is expressed in the highlighted text? 
Note the use of simile here. 

Percy

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
According to the narrator, what is the sea a symbol of? 
Because she was the only one to want something associated with the upper class, Percy got to further her dream. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
To which of the following is the highlighted text alluding? 
By using oil on his hair, the narrator implies that he saw himself as higher class than the rest of the family. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What unites the family? 
Dorchester, located in South Boston, might have looked much like the image below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Note the foreshadowing here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
By doing what he wanted to, Lowell 
Now they can see what happened to Percy's other son. 

The Fourth Alarm

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Which of the following types of point of view is evident in this story so far? 
By juxtaposing the description of Bertha as a modest teacher and an unashamed nude actress, the author is employing situational irony. 
If you are unfamiliar with Ozamanides, it may be a reference to Ozymandias, a famous king that Shelley described in the below poem.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7
How is the play different from the Shelley poem? 

Artemis, the Honest Well Digger

Note the repetition of the word "water." It could be that water will be a motif in this story, or a repeated image or idea. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is best represented in the highlighted text? 
Artemis is giving up on his dreams for a practical solution, but it will not work. See below for an image of an oleomargarine ad.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
This detail revealing what Artemis is reading reveals that 
The humor here should be clear to the reader. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Mrs. Filler is 
As Artemis is almost describing John Cheever's own writing here, this is humorous.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What can the reader infer about Mrs. Filler? 
Artemis is running away from confrontation.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which description adds to the tension of the scene? 
The unreality here, where one moment pictures of Khrushchev everywhere and the next, no pictures at all, could be an example of situational irony. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7
The office worker reminds Artemis of 
The narrator claims that the lack of religion has damaged the town in some fundamental way. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
The description of Luncharvsky imploys 
Even her description furthers the concept that she is iconic, much like the oleomargarine girl. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The fact that it is Halloween foreshadows 
The drop of paint symbolizes his commitment to her, pure and white. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
The parallel here for Artemis's prior experience is 
The shoes of the secretaries go up in style as he visits with people higher up in power. Recall that Artemis does not desire for others to know he is intelligent. 

Three Stories

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the foreshadowing here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
By describing his father's problems with his physique, the narrator is 
Note the foreshadowing here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
What type of irony is evident here? 
Death may be a motif in this story. 
Death is certainly a motif here. People who travel on Route 64 are dying. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
This sentence may foreshadow 
Note the situational irony here, that changes drastically the reader's perception of this story. 

The Jewels of the Cabots

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
What might "wrong" mean? 
Imagine the scene by seeing a copy of a marble statue of Hermes, below.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
What world view is coming through in this exchange? 
Here is an image of mansion that was turned into an inn at St. Botolphs for comparison.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Who is Wallace? 
By claiming the diamonds were fated to be stolen, the narrator assigns no blame to the daughter who took them. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
What does the highlighted text reveal about the narrator? 
Like many of the women in John Cheever's stories, she is unhappy with her life. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
To which event is the narrator referring?  
The narrator reveals for the first time that he may not be sane. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
It is revealed that 
Final Quiz 
Geneva was happy away from her family.