A Wagner Matinee Story By Willa Cather

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“A Wagner Matinee” is a short story by Willa Cather, first published in Everybody’s Magazine in February 1904. Despite being over a hundred years old, the poem is still highly regarded and studied today by students and poetry enthusiasts.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Georgiana is Clark's

    • A.

      Mother

    • B.

      Daughter

    • C.

      Aunt

    • D.

      Grandmother

    Correct Answer
    C. Aunt
    Explanation
    Based on the given information, Georgiana is Clark's aunt.

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  • 2. 

    Clark lives in

    • A.

      New York City

    • B.

      Boston

    • C.

      Chicago

    • D.

      Los Angeles

    Correct Answer
    B. Boston
    Explanation
    Clark lives in Boston.

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  • 3. 

    Georgiana lives in

    • A.

      Ohio

    • B.

      North Dakota

    • C.

      Nebraska

    • D.

      Virginia

    Correct Answer
    C. Nebraska
    Explanation
    The answer is Nebraska because it is the only option provided that is a state. Ohio, North Dakota, and Virginia are also states, but they are not the correct answer because they are not the only options given. Therefore, the correct answer is Nebraska.

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  • 4. 

    Clark takes Georgiana to a

    • A.

      Play

    • B.

      Carnival

    • C.

      Concert

    • D.

      Dinner

    Correct Answer
    C. Concert
    Explanation
    Clark takes Georgiana to a concert.

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  • 5. 

    Georgiana was well-dressed upon arrival.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
  • 6. 

    Georgiana loved music.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement states that Georgiana loved music. Since there is no contradictory information provided, we can assume that the statement is true.

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  • 7. 

    Why did Georgiana cry after the program?

  • 8. 

    Define the word inert.

  • 9. 

    How would this story be different if it were written by a Romantic instead of a Realist?  Hint: How would the descriptions of Nebraska differ?

  • 10. 

    What words did Mrs. Mallard repeat when she found out her husband was dead?

    • A.

      No

    • B.

      Free

    • C.

      Love

    • D.

      Yes

    Correct Answer
    B. Free
  • 11. 

    Who died at the end of the story?

    • A.

      Josephine

    • B.

      Richards

    • C.

      Mrs. Mallard

    • D.

      Mr. Mallard

    Correct Answer
    C. Mrs. Mallard
    Explanation
    In the story, it is revealed that Mrs. Mallard's husband, Mr. Mallard, has died in a tragic accident. As the story progresses, Mrs. Mallard experiences a range of emotions, including shock and grief, upon learning about her husband's death. However, towards the end of the story, it is revealed that Mr. Mallard is actually alive and that the news of his death was a mistake. This shocking revelation causes Mrs. Mallard to die of a heart attack, making her the one who dies at the end of the story.

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  • 12. 

    The twist at the end of the story (the death from question #13) is an example of

    • A.

      Verbal Irony

    • B.

      Situational Irony

    • C.

      Dramatic Irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Situational Irony
    Explanation
    The twist at the end of the story, where the death occurs, is an example of situational irony. Situational irony is when the outcome of a situation is different from what is expected or intended. In this case, the twist at the end is unexpected and goes against the reader's expectations, creating a sense of irony.

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