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QAR Questions for Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"
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- Why was Mrs. Mallard’s family worried about telling her of her husband’s death? Mrs. Mallard had heart trouble, so her family was concerned about how the news would affect her.
- What was the manner of Mr. Mallard’s supposed death? There was a train wreck, and Mr. Mallard’s name was on the list of those killed.
- How did Mrs. Mallard initially react to the news? Mrs. Mallard wept uncontrollably.
- What is Mrs. Mallard’s final conclusion about her life on her husband’s death? Mrs. Mallard felt free. She could now live for herself.
- What is Mrs. Mallard’s reaction when she saw her husband alive? Mrs. Mallard died.
- How did the conclusion of the story foreshadowed in the first sentence? In the first sentence, the narrator reveals that Mrs. Mallard has a weak heart. This foreshadows her death as the shock of seeing her husband alive.
- How is irony used in the last sentence? The doctor’s conclusion is that Mrs. Mallard died of “a joy that kills.” Actually she had been joyful when she was freed by her husband’s deathdeath, and it was the shock of realizing that she was not free after all that killed her.
- How does Chopin reveal her attitude toward marriage through Mrs. Mallard? Chopin seems to have a negative view of marriage, at least on the woman’s part. Marriage is a kind of slavery in which the wife gives up her own will to someone else. Love was not a guarantee at the time Chopin wrote. For the woman, marriage was more of a means of financial and social security.
- How has marriage changed since the time related in the story? Is it still a time of slavery, for either man or woman? What kind of freedom is there in being single? What kinds of sacrifices are made if marriage is not an option? Student answers will vary.
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Using the QAR (Question-Answer-Relationship) method of questioning, readers will access all levels of thinking and critical analysis to comprehend and analyze Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour." Beginning with lower level factual questioning, readers will gradually move up into higher levels of thinking. Short answer, paragraph-writing, and essay-writing are used to complete these questions. Worksheet with questions is also included.