Name: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry Multiple Choice




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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry


Multiple Choice

Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.


____ 1. Della is sobbing at the beginning of the story because she —

a.

always misses her family at Christmas

c.

hates her shabby flat

b.

can’t find a job

d.

has no money for the holidays



____ 2. Which of the following terms best describes Jim and Della’s marriage?

a.

fiery

c.

loving

b.

difficult

d.

boring



____ 3. Della’s biggest treasure is her —

a.

watch

c.

jewels

b.

hair

d.

height



____ 4. Della visits Mme. Sofronie because Della wants to —

a.

pawn Jim’s watch

c.

know the future

b.

sell her hair

d.

rent a flat



____ 5. What does Della buy after leaving Mme. Sofronie?

a.

Food for dinner

c.

A watch chain

b.

A set of combs

d.

A curling iron



____ 6. Which word best describes Jim’s first reaction to Della after she returns from Mme. Sofronie?

a.

terrified

c.

heartbroken

b.

disappointed

d.

stunned



____ 7. Della cries when she sees the combs because she had —

a.

wanted a watch fob

c.

not expected anything so nice

b.

not spent as much on Jim’s gift

d.

cut off her hair



____ 8. When Jim gets Della’s present, he —

a.

gets angry

c.

smiles knowingly

b.

roars with laughter

d.

storms out of the room



____ 9. After Jim receives his present, Della learns that he —

a.

has sold his watch

c.

has lost his job

b.

didn’t buy a present for her

d.

dislikes her short hair



____ 10. According to the author, the Magi are —

a.

a group of foolish children

c.

people who give selflessly

b.

couples who live in flats

d.

three men who receive gifts



____ 11. The situational irony in this story comes from the fact that the ending is —

a.

unexpected

c.

confusing

b.

predictable

d.

mysterious



____ 12. The surprise ending is that —

a.

Della learns the truth

c.

Jim loves Della the way she is

b.

Della decides to have a baby

d.

Jim has sold his watch



____ 13. The dramatic irony in this story comes from the fact that —

a.

we feel sympathy for the characters

b.

Jim is witty and urbane

c.

we are aware of the situation before Della is

d.

Della has a theatrical personality



____ 14. The story’s irony is based on the fact that life is —

a.

unpredictable

c.

unfair

b.

difficult

d.

complicated

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