English 9 – Honors
___________________________________ Mr. Schneider
“The Story of an Hour” Reading Interpretation Questions
Directions: Refer to the text of “The Story of an Hour” when responding to the following questions. Write in complete sentences, and check your work to ensure you have fully answered the questions. Refer to AND QUOTE FROM instances in the story to support your answers.
What are the EXTERNAL conflicts in "The Story of an Hour"?
What are the INTERNAL conflicts in "The Story of an Hour"?
Is Mrs. Mallard a round or flat character? Is she static or dynamic? How do you know?
Why do you think the author mentions in the first paragraph that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with “heart trouble”?
The setting of the story is very limited; it is confined largely to a room, a staircase, and a front door. How does this limitation help to express the themes or big ideas of the story? In other words, why is the setting so limited?
Mrs. Mallard closes the door to her room so that her sister Josephine cannot get in, yet she leaves the window open. Why does Chopin make a point of telling the reader this? Consider the significance of the open window.
In what ways is this passage significant? "She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which someone was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves."
What kind of relationships do the Mallards have? Is Brently Mallard unkind to Louise Mallard, or is there some other reason for her saying "free, free, free!" when she hears of his death? How does she feel about him? Look to your story for clues and evidence to justify your response.
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