A Worn Path

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A Worn Path

This is a review of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path. " Can you identify the symbolism throughout the story?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Describe the main character's journey.
  • 2. 
    What is the significance of the story taking place during the Christmas season?
  • 3. 
    Identify and explain three themes identified in the story.
  • 4. 
    Describe race relations in Mississippi during the 1940's.  Describe how those same beliefs and ideas are present in Welty's, "A Worn Path."
  • 5. 
    In your opinion, why do you think Welty selected the main character's name?  What do you think the main character's name means?
  • 6. 
    Define the word "cur"
  • 7. 
    Define the word obstinate.  How was it used in the story?  What else could it possibly be used to describe as well?
  • 8. 
    What is the main character's name? 
    • A. 

      Phoenix Sun

    • B. 

      River Phoenix

    • C. 

      Phoenix Jackson

  • 9. 
    Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" is structured mostly around
    • A. 

      Biography

    • B. 

      Geography

    • C. 

      Conversation

    • D. 

      Flashback

  • 10. 
    What is the purpose of Phoenix's trip to the city?
    • A. 

      To pick up medicine for her grandson

    • B. 

      To see a doctor about her failing health

    • C. 

      To buy her grandson a toy for Christmas

    • D. 

      To make final plans for her burial

  • 11. 
    How much money does Phoenix have at the end of the story?
    • A. 

      A shiny silver dollar she found on the path

    • B. 

      A nickel, given to her by the huntsman

    • C. 

      Five pennies given to her by the kindly nurse

    • D. 

      Ten cents, derived from her cunning and no-nonsense approach to life

  • 12. 
    How does the reader learn about the details of Phoenix's journey
    • A. 

      The third preson omniscient speaker relates it to us

    • B. 

      The huntsman provides the narration as he watches her through the forest

    • C. 

      The narrator tells us the stroy in a first person narrative style

    • D. 

      The omniscient speaker and Phoenix's conversations with herself and the elements around her flesh out the story

  • 13. 
    Why was Phoenix's journey so remarkable?
    • A. 

      She was walking on a broken ankle

    • B. 

      She weathered the adverse winter conditions

    • C. 

      She traveled a long distance for a woman so old and infirm

    • D. 

      She had lost her map and was navigating by familiar landmarks

  • 14. 
    How does the author present Phoenix?  
    • A. 

      As a brave determined person able to meet a challenge despite obstacles

    • B. 

      As a gruff, angry octogernarian furious with the hand that life had dealt her

    • C. 

      As a foolish old woman showing a lapse in good judgement

    • D. 

      As a lonely and sad individual looking for companionship before death

  • 15. 
    What does she carry in her hand?  
  • 16. 
    What does she want to buy her grandson?