The Gift of the Magi

O. Henry

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From where does Della get the $1.87 according to the text?
By stealing the money from stores
By doing side work for the grocer, butcher, and vegetable man
By haggling with merchants
By shoveling sidewalks in front of stores
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Why is Della upset at the beginning of the story?
She has been fighting with Jim.
She lost her job shoveling in front of the stores on her block.
She does not have enough money to buy a nice present for Jim.
She was recently arrested by the mendicancy squad.
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What are Jim and Della's most valued possessions?
Jim's shoes and Della's cooking pot
Jim's watch and Della's hair
Jim's watch and Della's hat
Jim's brief case and Della's jacket
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How do you know this? Support your answer with evidence from the text. Write in complete sentences.
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Why does Della go to Madame Sofronie's?
To shovel Madame Sofronie's sidewalk
To beg for money
To look for work
To sell her hair
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Does Madame Sofronie treat Della fairly? Why or why not? Write in complete sentences.
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Which figurative language technique is used in the following sentence?

"I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present."
Simile
Metaphor
Personification
Understatement
Hyperbole
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How do you figure? Explain your answer in complete sentences.
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Which best explains why Jim is so stunned when he first sees Della?
He is shocked that she bought him such a nice gift.
He doesn't like how his wife looks with her hair short.
He doesn't recognize his wife.
He bought her a gift that she can't use.
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Which best describes the narrator's tone in this sentence?

"Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication."
Serious
Melancholy
Humorous
Reminiscent
Intolerant
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Why do you think this? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
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With which statement would the narrator most likely agree?
Jim and Della's gifts were good because they will get a lot of use out of the nice things that they bought for one another.
Jim and Della's gifts were bad because they wasted their money on things that they can't use.
Jim and Della's gifts were good because they sacrificed so much for one another.
Jim and Della's gifts were bad because they did not consider one another's needs.
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Why do you think this? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
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Which event happened last?
Della cut her hair.
Della bought Jim a gift.
Della went to Madame Sofronie's
Della cried about only having $1.87.
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Briefly summarize the text. List five key events in the order in which they happen.
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Which statement best expresses the theme of this story?
Spending time with the people you love is more important than getting them gifts.
Don't waste your money on expensive gifts.
Make sure that you give people gifts that they can actually use.
The best gifts involve sacrifice.
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Why do you think this? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
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The Gift of the Magi

By O. Henry

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