The Monkey's Paw- 8th Grade

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You may not know the origin of the term, but there’s a chance you know about the “monkey’s paw” from television series or other media paying homage over the years to W. W. Jacobs’ 1902 supernatural short story ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ – in which the owner of a monkey’s paw is granted three wishes of their choosing, with unforeseen consequences for whatever it is they wish for. What do you know of the tale?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Peaceful and content

    • B. 

      Dark and disturbing

    • C. 

      Energetic

    • D. 

      Sad and solemn

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      He found it stuck in a sewer grate on the street.

    • B. 

      The man who owned it previously used his last wish to wish for death. Upon his death, the paw passed to Sergeant-Major Morris.

    • C. 

      His sister gave it to him as a gift of good luck for his 30th birthday.

    • D. 

      He bought it on E-Bay.

  • 3. 
    Why do you think Morris tries to burn the paw?
    • A. 

      As he talks to the Whites, he is reminded of the evil consequences that accompany the granting person's wishes.

    • B. 

      It has been said that the only way your wish will come true is by placing it upon a fire.

    • C. 

      He wanted to see the faces in the fire.

    • D. 

      Morris thinks the paw is hideous looking.

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      He says that he can't wait to fix the house with the money.

    • B. 

      He recites the chant, "Banana, Banana, Banana."

    • C. 

      He says that it seems to him that he has all he wants.

    • D. 

      He says that he will never have to work another day in his life again.

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      He didn't love his son.

    • B. 

      He's not even sure that his son is dead.

    • C. 

      He wants his son to rest in peace.

    • D. 

      He understands that the way the wishes are answered does not lead to a happy outcome.

  • 6. 
    Mr. White's first wish is for
    • A. 

      World peace.

    • B. 

      200 pounds.

    • C. 

      400 pounds.

    • D. 

      300 pounds.

  • 7. 
    What happens as a result of this wish?
    • A. 

      He finds the 200 pounds in an envelope.

    • B. 

      His son, Herbert, dies from an "accident" at work.

    • C. 

      He never receives the money.

    • D. 

      He gets more than 200 pounds.

  • 8. 
    Mr. White's second wish is for...
    • A. 

      His son to come back alive.

    • B. 

      More money.

    • C. 

      A vacation from home.

    • D. 

      A new house.

  • 9. 
    What happens as a result of this wish?
    • A. 

      His wife dies.

    • B. 

      There is a mysterious knock at the door.

    • C. 

      He learns that his son never died.

    • D. 

      He sues Herbert's work for 200 pounds.

  • 10. 
    We infer that Mr. White's third wish is for...
    • A. 

      His life to end peacefully.

    • B. 

      His son to remain dead.

    • C. 

      His son to come back to life.

    • D. 

      His wife to stop crying.

  • 11. 
    What happens as a result of this wish?
    • A. 

      Mr. White dies.

    • B. 

      The knocking at the front door stops.

    • C. 

      His son moves home.

    • D. 

      His wife wins the Florida lottery.

  • 12. 
    Sergeant Majot-Morris suggests to the Whites that the monkey's paw brings
    • A. 

      Grief.

    • B. 

      Happiness.

    • C. 

      Good luck.

    • D. 

      Contentment.

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      He cannot wait to try it

    • B. 

      He wants to destroy it immediately.

    • C. 

      He does not think it will work.

    • D. 

      He wants to sell it.

  • 14. 
    What did the monkey's paw most likely bring to Sergeant-Major Morris?
    • A. 

      Great joy

    • B. 

      Many riches

    • C. 

      Peace and harmony

    • D. 

      Great sadness

  • 15. 
    Herbert is killed when he
    • A. 

      Tries to steal 200 pounds.

    • B. 

      Is caught in a terrible storm.

    • C. 

      Travels to India.

    • D. 

      Is caught in the machinery at work.

  • 16. 
    "Be happy with what you have" is an example of a
    • A. 

      Topic.

    • B. 

      Theme.

    • C. 

      Climax.

    • D. 

      Prompt.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following situations would be the climax of the story?
    • A. 

      Sergeant-Major Morris placing the monkey's paw in the fire.

    • B. 

      Herbert knocking on the White's front door.

    • C. 

      Mrs. White crying in the morning.

    • D. 

      Mr. White receiving the paw from Sergeant-Major Morris.

  • 18. 
    The resolution of the story is
    • A. 

      The son returning home.

    • B. 

      They are given 200 pounds.

    • C. 

      There is not no resolution.

    • D. 

      Mr. White makes a second wish.

  • 19. 
    Mr. White wishing for 200 pounds is
    • A. 

      The exposition.

    • B. 

      Part of the rising action.

    • C. 

      The resolution.

    • D. 

      The climax.

  • 20. 
    Mr. White feels guilty for causing Herbert's death. This is an example of
    • A. 

      Internal conflict

    • B. 

      External conflict

    • C. 

      Mood

    • D. 

      Point of View

  • 21. 
    A grimace is most often a sign of
    • A. 

      Relief

    • B. 

      Pain

    • C. 

      Gratitude

  • 22. 
    Which people probably face the most peril in their work?
    • A. 

      Librarians

    • B. 

      Architects

    • C. 

      Police Officers

  • 23. 
    Events that stretch your credulity are
    • A. 

      Pleasing

    • B. 

      Not believable

    • C. 

      Very violent

  • 24. 
    If you believe that fate determines your future, you are most likely to
    • A. 

      Let events happen.

    • B. 

      Control events.

    • C. 

      Believe in free will.

  • 25. 
    A traveler would be most likely to survey a
    • A. 

      Meal.

    • B. 

      Ticket.

    • C. 

      Map.