Short Story Reading Quiz Solved

QUESTION 1


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The short story has a defined length of no more than five pages.

True

False

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QUESTION 2

As a concentrated form of narrative prose fiction, the short story has been theorised through the traditional elements of dramatic structure. Match the term with its definition.

Exposition A.

the introduction of setting, situation and main characters

Complication B.

the event that introduces the conflict

Crisis C.

the decisive moment for the protagonist and his commitment to a course of action

Climax D.

the point of highest interest in terms of the conflict and the point with the most action)

Resolution E.

the point when the conflict is resolved

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QUESTION 3

Because of their length, short stories may or may not follow the traditional pattern of dramatic structured defined above.

True

False

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QUESTION 4

Short stories date back to

cave paintings found on walls.
oral storytelling traditions which originally produced epics such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
scrolls found in Egyptian temples.
Shakespeare’s time, the 15th C.

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QUESTION 5

In the latter 19th century, the growth of print magazines and journals created

a national book club.
a need for recycling wood pulp.
a strong demand for short fiction of between 3,000 and 15,000 words.
higher education.

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QUESTION 6

In the 1890’s Kate Chopin published short stories in several magazines.

True

False

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QUESTION 7

According to the reading, in the first half of the 20th century, a number of high profile American magazines such as ___________published short stories in each issue. Choose all that apply.

House and Garden
The Atlantic Monthly
The New Yorker
Harper’s Magazine
Esquire
The Bookman
Boy’s Life
Scribner’s
The Saturday Evening Post
Mad Magazine

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QUESTION 8

The period following World War II saw a great

paper shortage.
lack of interest in reading.
flowering of literary short fiction in the United States.
an increase in radio programs.

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QUESTION 9

Cultural and social identity played a considerable role in much of the short fiction of the 1960s.

True

False

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QUESTION 10

Minimalism gained widespread influence in the 1980s, most notably in the work of

Gilman and Guber.
Shakespeare and Marlowe.
Harpo and Groucho Marx.
Raymond Carver and Ann Beattie.