A Literary Analysis Of 'The Invalid's Story'

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A Literary Analysis Of 'The Invalid's Story'
NAME: Daniel Ramirez, Noah Hernandez DATE: 2/21/2018 CLASS: Per. 5 English


Vocabulary: prodigious -remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree. deleterious -causing harm or damage. ominous -giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious. judicious -having, showing, or done with good judgment or sense. placidly -Some words don't change much through their evolution desultory -lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm.

Dialogue is a conversation between or among characters. Writers use dialogue to (1) reveal character traits and relationships, (2) to advance the action of the plot and to develop the conflict,
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An effect is the result produced.

DIRECTIONS: Use the lines provided to answer the following questions about cause-and-effect relationships in “The Invalid’s Story.”

1. As the train departs, a stranger places a package of Limburger cheese on one end of the coffin-box. What are the effects of this event? It causes the guys to suspect the coffin box to be stinky for the limburger cheese.

2. A. What causes an evil odor to spread throughout the express car? Limburger cheese is the causes of the evil odor.

B. What effects does the odor have on the narrator and the expressman? They immediately start to feel sick after trying to neutralize the odor.

PART IV. DIRECTIONS: Use this diagram to list one (1) example each of smell, physical sensation, taste, sound, and sight in the express car in “The Invalid’s Story.” Then answer the question that follows. TYPE 2 WRITING: Which sensory detail causes the greatest problem for the characters? What problem does it cause? (4 lines)

Which sensory detail causes the greatest problem for the characters? What problems does this cause? Use a sentence stem to begin your sentence. Use textual evidence to support your
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how long the narrator’s friend has been dead.
B. what is in the long white-pine box.
C. what is in the stranger’s bag.
D. how the narrator lost his health.

3. What literary element does this passage from “The Invalid’s Story” illustrate? “Pfew! I reckon it ain’t no cinnamon’t I’ve loaded up this-year stove with!” (use process of elimination)

A. simile
B. symbol
C. flashback
D. dialect

4. An idiom is a phrase or an expression not meant to be taken literally. Dialects are often rich in idioms. Read the following excerpt from “The Invalid’s Story.” “Well-a-well, we’ve all got to go, they ain’t no getting around it.” Which of the following best expresses the meaning of the underlined words?

A. There is no point in going around in circles.
B. There are ways to avoid it.
C. There is no way to avoid it.
D. Jumping over it is easy for some people.

5. In “The Invalid’s Story,” Mark Twain uses dialect

A. only at the beginning and at the end.
B. in the narrator’s comments.
C. in Deacon Hackett’s dialogue.
D. in Thompson’s dialogue.

6. In “The Invalid’s Story,” why do the two men light up cigars?

A. The cigars were a present to the narrator from the dead man.
B. The men want to “modify” the unpleasant odor in the expressman’s

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