The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw

THE MONKEYS PAW By W.W. Jacobs WARM UP W hich do you believe to be true?:

I am in complete control of everything that happens to me in my life, good or bad, and nothing is predetermined. I am the maker of my own destiny. Or. The events of life are predetermined for me, and I do not have control over what happens to me, good or bad. Everything happens for a reason, and I should not try to challenge my destiny. C

hoose the statement that best reflects your opinion, and support your answer with a specific example. PURPOSE T he specific reason for reading a piece of literature. I n this case, our purpose is to Analyze:

The influence of setting on the mood and tone of the story, the motivations of characters, and the application of the theme to real life. VOCABULARY Time to check your context clue activity. How

many words did you define correctly?? FAKIR en who sell lucky charms and perform incredible feats, such as laying on a bed of nails or appearing to float.**A magic man, street performer in India.

PERIL o be in danger Noun (thing) TALISMAN good luck charm. oun

Before the test, Herbert took out his talisman and wished for an A. AVARICIOUS o be greedy. He came across as a greedy, uncaring,

avaricious person driven by money. ANTIMACASSAR decorative cloth or covering along the top of a chair or couch. My grandmother had a knitted antimacassar on

to top of her favorite chair on which the cat would sit. SIMIAN T o be monkey-like or ape-like A djective

The fire had a simian look in the flames, like a howler monkey staring back. ENTHRALLED o be very interested in something. The three sat enthralled,

listening to the Sergeant Majors story eagerly. FATE persons destiny oun (thing) ate has played an important role in the play of Romeo

and Juliet. SURVEYING o look across the land djective (helps a noun) r. Hager was surveying the land before they could start their project.

PROSAIC hen something is dull or boring. There was an air of prosaic wholesomeness in the room, just like every other day.

CREDULITY T o be gullible or easily fooled N oun (thing) T he girl thought she heard the dog talk to the cat; the mother laughed at her daughters credulity.

AMIABLY o do something in a friendly manner. Mr. White welcomed the guest amiably, with a smile and a handshake. INTERCEPT

o cross or get between two things. Mr. White looked up, just in time to intercept a knowing glance between mother and son. MALIGNED hen someone has been

offended. The woman was quite maligned when the dimwitted man asked her age. Didnt he know you never ask a woman her age? GRIMACE

n unpleasant or disgusted look. oun (thing) arah bit into the octopus and grimaced at the taste. LISTENING TO MONKEYS PAW Plot Line

Place in Chronological order A. Mr. White makes his third wish. B. Mr. White wishes for 200 pounds, which he is then awarded through compensation for the death of his son. C. Someone begins to knock on the front door. D. Sergeant Major Morris tells Mr. White to let the paw burn, but Mr. White saves it from the fire. Morris warns him of the consequences of wishing on the paw. E. On a cold, wet night, Mr. White and Herbert play chess while Mrs. White

knits by the fire. F. The knocking ceases. G. Mrs. White runs to the door and tries to open it. She cries for Mr. White to help her with the bolt. H. With a pale face, Sergeant Major Morris tells Herbert that he has had his three wishes on the paw granted. I. Mrs. White begs for Mr. White to wish for Herbert to be alive again. J. Mrs. White opens the door and lets out a long wail of disappointment. F. Mr. White makes his third wish.

G. Mr. White wishes for 200 pounds, which he is then awarded through compensation for the death of his son. H. Someone begins to knock on the front door. I. Sergeant Major Morris tells Mr. White to let the paw burn, but Mr. White saves it from the fire. Morris warns him of the consequences of wishing on the paw. J. On a cold, wet night, Mr. White and Herbert play chess while Mrs. White knits by the fire.

Literary Element Practice: Provide an example from the Story For each If there isnt an example in the story, explain how one could be

added to the story.

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