The Life And Works Of O. Henry Quiz

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O Henry Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is over the life of O. Henry as well as some of his short stories. There will be a mixture of multiple choice, True/False, and fill in the blank questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Where was O. Henry born?
    • A. 

      Greenbo, Alabama

    • B. 

      London, England

    • C. 

      Houston, Texas

    • D. 

      Greensboro, North Carolina

  • 2. 
    What year was O. Henry born?
    • A. 

      1882

    • B. 

      1862

    • C. 

      1850

    • D. 

      1832

  • 3. 
    What was O. Henry sentenced to jail for?
    • A. 

      Public intoxication

    • B. 

      Murder

    • C. 

      Illegal drug distribution

    • D. 

      Embezzlement

  • 4. 
    How long was his jail sentence supposed to be?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      10

  • 5. 
    True/False He served his full sentence.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    What was O. Henry a pseudonym for?
    • A. 

      George Bernard Shaw

    • B. 

      William Sydney Porter

    • C. 

      Elijah Jackson Whitney

    • D. 

      Oswald Douglass Henry

  • 7. 
    What was the name of O. Henry's first short story?
    • A. 

      "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking"

    • B. 

      "The Last Leaf"

    • C. 

      "The Gift of the Magi"

    • D. 

      "The Ransom of Red Chief"

  • 8. 
    What were O. Henry's short stories best known for?
    • A. 

      Their unusual names

    • B. 

      The characters dying

    • C. 

      Ironic plot twist endings

    • D. 

      Relating real events

  • 9. 
    What was the name of O. Henry's daughter?
    • A. 

      Anna

    • B. 

      Margaret

    • C. 

      Rachelle

    • D. 

      Maria

  • 10. 
    What did Della want to buy her husband in "The Gift of the Magi"?
    • A. 

      A chain for his pocket watch

    • B. 

      A comb for his hair

    • C. 

      A new rifle

    • D. 

      Nothing, she had no money

  • 11. 
    What was ironic about the gift Jim bought for Della in "The Gift of the Magi"?
  • 12. 
    True/False In "The Ransom of Red Chief", Ebenezer pays the kidnappers $250 to release his son.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    What was the ironic ending in "The Ransom of Red Chief"?
    • A. 

      The kidnappers paid Ebenezer to take his son back

    • B. 

      The kidnappers never had Red Chief

    • C. 

      The ransom was raised to $2000

    • D. 

      Red Chief died

  • 14. 
    What was the ironic ending in O. Henry's short story "girl"?
    • A. 

      Vivienne died

    • B. 

      Hartley's wife left him

    • C. 

      Vivienne came to cook for the Hartley's

    • D. 

      Heloise was drunk again

  • 15. 
    What was the name of O. Henry's first collection of short stories?
  • 16. 
    What year was his first collection published?
    • A. 

      1904

    • B. 

      1907

    • C. 

      1915

    • D. 

      1920

  • 17. 
    How many short stories did O. Henry publish?
    • A. 

      30

    • B. 

      600

    • C. 

      500

    • D. 

      6

  • 18. 
    True/False O. Henry was married 3 times.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    How many collections did O. Henry end up having published?
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      12

    • D. 

      10

  • 20. 
    How did O. Henry die?
    • A. 

      Tuberculosis

    • B. 

      Cancer

    • C. 

      Cirrosis of his liver

    • D. 

      Alcohol poisoning

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