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"The Nose" is a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol. Written between 1835 and 1836, it tells of a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own. (From Wikipedia)
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Designed for students in 9th-10th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, inference and characterization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about author's purpose and summarization. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of grammar, tone, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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The Nose, Nicolai Gogol

How does Ivan's wife feel about him? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
How does Ivan say the nose got in his bread? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  
Why do you suppose the author feels it is necessary to give the reader some background information on Ivan and Kovaloff? 
Using context clues, what is a droshky? 
Have you ever read a book set in a world just like ours, and then, all of a sudden something crazy happens in the story—like people start flying or books start floating off a table? Don't panic. Chances are you're just reading a work of magical realism. In magical realism, an author combines realism and fantasy or magical elements to create a wonderful mish-mash. That is, totally everyday normal stuff takes place right alongside weird, out-of-this-world events. How does the artwork below portray magical realism?  (This annotation contains an image)
The nose has taken on an identity of its own. What do you infer is the reason the nose is one of high reputation? 
What is Kovaloff's purpose for placing an advertisment in the paper? 
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. The function of imagery in literature is to generate a vibrant and graphic presentation of a scene that appeals to as many of the reader’s senses as possible. It aids the reader’s imagination to envision the characters and scenes in the literary piece clearly.  (This annotation contains a video)
How might this statement affect Kovaloff?  
The fact that Kovaloff's nose is missing hurts his ______________. 
A theme is the main idea or an underlying message of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly. Watch the video for a more in-depth look at theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the details in the text, what is one reason Kovaloff wants his nose on his face? 
How does Major Kovaloff feel about having his nose back? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of copious. Create a sentence using the word copious correctly in context. Type your sentence below. 
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