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The Gift of the Magi
by O Henry
Pre-reading exercises
Key vocabulary
Describing the flat
1

1i; 2d; 3h; 4a; 5f; 6b; 7e; 8g; 9j; 10c; 11k

Talking about money and the lack of it
1

a, d

2

b, e

3

c, f

Main themes
2, 3 Student’s own answers

Post-reading exercises
Understanding the story
  1

By being very careful how much she spent on food.

 2

To confirm the amount; perhaps she hoped she had made a mistake and there would be more than she first thought.

 3

To buy her husband a Christmas present.

 4

She wanted to buy a good present but had managed to save very little money.

 5

Della’s husband.

 6

We know that when Jim arrives home, he is always greatly hugged by his wife.

 7

She had an idea and wanted to look at her hair.

 8

Jim’s gold watch and Della’s hair.

 9

She had decided to sell her hair.

10

Not completely: she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.

11

$20

12

The shop advertised Hair Goods of All Kinds; it would probably be used to make wigs and hair pieces.

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She went to various stores.

14

She bought a platinum fob watch chain.

15

Because it was simple and chaste in design and, like Jim, represented quietness and value.

16

He used an old leather strap for his watch and didn’t like it to be seen.

17

To make it look better.

18

Not really, but she felt that she had no choice.

19

Yes, she was.

20

He stared fixedly at Della.

21

(Suggested answer) Probably because he was trying to come to terms with her new short hairstyle and he realised his present was no use.

22

A set of tortoise shell hair combs.

23

She screamed with joy.

24

She had always admired and wanted the combs.

25

She cried hysterically; the combs were no longer any use to her.

26

She wanted to give Jim his present.

27

He sat down on the couch, smiled, and told Della he had sold his watch to buy her combs.

28

That people like Della and Jim are the wisest people of all when giving and receiving gifts.

Language study
Grammar
Past perfect
2

had been saving: This suggests that Della has been obsessed for a long time with saving money for Jim’s present.

had been: This tells us that Jim’s watch is treasured because it has been in the family for a long time.

had … craved and yearned: These verbs emphasise the great longing that Della has had to own the combs.

had not … seen: Della’s former distress changes to happiness when she remembers that Jim hasn’t seen his present. This shows how she puts his happiness before hers.

Past perfect simple
3

Examples: had been; had … craved and yearned; had not … seen

Macmillan Readers

The Gift of the Magi

This page has been downloaded from www.macmillanenglish.com. It is photocopiable, but all copies must be complete pages. © Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009. Published by Macmillan Heinemann ELT. Heinemann is a registered trademark of Pearson Education, used under licence.

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Past perfect continuous
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Example: had been saving

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1 Della had been planning for Christmas for a long time.
2 Jim had had the same idea as Della.
3 She had sold her hair to buy him a watch chain.
4 He had bought her the hair combs she loved so much with the money he got when he sold his watch.
5 They had both wanted to give the other a wonderful surprise. 6 They had both...
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