A Retrieved Reformation Questions and Answers
Who is Ralph Spencer, and explain why he is the phoenix that arises from Jimmy Valentine's ashes in "A Retrieved Reformation"?
After Jimmy Valentine is released from prison, how does he feel about committing crimes such as burglary?
How are Jimmy Valentine and Ralph Spencer alike and different in "A Retrieved Reformation"? (Please give at least three examples of each category.)
Analyze the story’s ending. Write Ben Price’s words to Jimmy and then explain what Price means by his words. Finally, explain whether you think Price does the right thing in "A Retrieved Reformation."
Why did Jimmy change his name to Mr. Ralph Spencer? How does Ben Price know Jimmy? Why did Jimmy look at Annabel so strangely? Cite specific examples from the text that helped you determine this.
When does the conversation between Jimmy Valentine and the warden let us know about Jimmy's character? Why was he sent to jail? How does he get released so early?
Does Jimmy Valentine or Ben Price show greater courage at the end of "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry?
What can you infer about Jimmy Valentine’s thinking in "A Retrieved Reformation"? What does he believe Price aims to do at the bank?
In the beginning of the story, the warden tells Jimmy to stop cracking safes and live straight. Jimmy responds, saying, “Me? Why I never cracked a safe in my life.” What is this an example of?
What advice does the warden give Jimmy just before Jimmy is released from prison? How does Jimmy respond to the warden in the story "A Retrieved Reformation"?
From the story - A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry: Do you think Jimmy returned to his life of crime? If so, do you think he will get caught? Why or why not?
What is ironic about the ending of "A Retrieved Reformation" in O. Henry's "A Retrieved Reformation"?
Jimmy changes his ways after he falls in love with Annabel, and it seems that his love for her is sincere. Identify and explain a specific example from the text to illustrate this change in behavior.
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