Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A Short Story Quiz

There was no pulsation.”
a. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
b. The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
c. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

“A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.”
a. A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
b. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
c. The Poor Relation’s Story by Charles Dickens

“The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.”
a. "A Golden Wedding" by L. M. Montgomery
b. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
c. Soon by Alice Munro

“She stood for a long time in the doorway in a red fury that grew bloodier for every second that she regarded the creature that was her torment.”
a. The Red Bow by George Saunders
b. The Doll by Daphne du Maurier
c. Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston

“And one day, out of Heaven knows what material, he spun the beast a wonderful name, and from that moment it grew into a god and a religion.”
a. Sredni Vashtar by Saki
b. The Garden of Paradise by Hans Christian Andersen
c. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl

“She was an old photograph dusted from an album, whitened away, and if she spoke at all her voice would be a ghost.”
a. "Childfinder" by Octavia Butler
b. Samsa in Love by Haruki Murakami
c. "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury

“’Don’t be alarmed,” said Rainsford, with a smile which he hoped was disarming. ‘I’m no robber. I fell off a yacht.’”
a. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
b. The Offshore Pirate by F. Scott Fitzgerald
c. The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

“It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.”
a. Walnut-Tree House by Charlotte Riddell
b. "The Reckoning" by Edith Wharton
c. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“The trouble with him was that he was not able to imagine.”
a. "Luck" by Mark Twain
b. To Build a Fire by Jack London
c. Some Other, Better Otto by Deborah Eisenberg

“’I ain’t telling you all this,’ she said, ‘to make you scared or bitter or to make you hate nobody. I’m telling you this because you got a brother. And the world ain’t changed.’”
a. "Thank You, Ma’am" by Langston Hughes
b. Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin
c. "Like a Winding Sheet" by Ann Petry


Answers: a; b; b; c; a; c; a; c; b; b

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