The Sniper

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"The Sniper" is a short story by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty, set during the early weeks of the Irish Civil War. It was O'Flaherty's first published work of fiction, running in a small London-based Socialist weekly "The New Leader" (12 January 1923) while the war it depicted was still ongoing. (From Wikipedia)
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Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining author's purpose, textual evidence and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about literary devices and theme. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of central idea, story elements, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Classic Short Stories

Book Quiz 
"There was no pain-just a deadened sensation."Using context clues, which of the following is the best definition for sensation? 
Based on the details in the highlighted text, what do you learn about the sniper? 
What is the sniper's purpose for making his enemy think he is dead? 
The story ends __________ when the IRA sniper realizes that the enemy he killed was his own brother. 
Theme is the main idea or underlying message of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly. One major theme in this story is the idea that war reduces human beings to mere objects. They have no names, no faces. They are targets, nothing more, to be shot at from a distance. To support this theme, O’Flaherty refrains from naming any of his characters.  
Setting refers to the time and place in which a story takes place. "The Sniper" takes place in Ireland's largest city, Dublin, on the country's east coast on Dublin Bay, an inlet of the Irish Sea. The time is nightfall in June after the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. The sniper posts himself on a rooftop in central Dublin near the Four Courts building, which houses the high courts of Ireland.  (This annotation contains an image)
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? 
Situational irony is when a situation ends quite differently from what is generally anticipated. Watch the video to learn more about situational irony. (This annotation contains a video)