Recognizing Elements of
a Short Story
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Post Test Analyzing a Short Story and Recognizing Elements of a Short
1. The feeling or atmosphere created when reading a story is called the
2. The plot of a story starts off with a
b. Rising action.
3. The most exciting part of a story is called the
b. Falling action.
4. The moral or lesson to be learned in a story is called the
Please Read the Following Selection and Answer the Questions
Although Sherri was only seven years old, people always wanted to know
what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her response was easy, a teacher.
She had the perfect picture in her mind what her classes would look like
and how they would behave. The only problem was that she didn't have any
worksheets or materials to give to her imaginary class.
In class she watched the teacher walk over to her file cabinet and throw
mounds of unused worksheets in the trash. "What a waste!" Sherri
murmured to herself. An idea suddenly blossomed in her head. She would
use the worksheets that had ended up in the trash. After school, when the
halls were clear of students and teachers, she sneaked into Mrs. Smith's
class, her first grade classroom and grabbed the discarded worksheets.
Feeling confident that she had accomplished her mission, she walked around
the corner with her new teaching materials under her arms. A loud, booming
voice startled her as the janitor yelled, "What are you doing here?
Sherri didn't wait to respond to his questions as she ran out of the school's
front doors. As she walked home, she kept looking behind her to see if
the janitor had followed her. Safely home, she closed her bedroom door
and announced to her imaginary students, "Good morning, students.
Today you are going to learn about nouns and verbs. I am going to pass
out a few worksheets and explain the assignment to you."
5. Sherri searched in the trash for
a. Her homework.
b. Her lunch.
d. Unused worksheets.
6. Sherri can be best described as
a. Goal orientated (she knows what she would like to do).
7. Sherri's imaginary class is located in the
a. Dining room.
d. Her bedroom.
8. What was the last event of the story?
a. The janitor yelled at her.
b. She ran out of the school.
c. She walked home.
d. She greeted her imaginary class.
9. Sherri's conflict at the beginning of the story is
a. She doesn't have any teaching material.
b. She doesn't know what she wants to do when she grows up.
c. That the janitor catches her sneaking into the trash.
d. That her teacher doesn't recycle.
10. Which one of the following is a major character?
a. Mrs. Smith
c. imaginary class
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