A & P eNotes Reading Response Prompts

by eNotes

  • Released October 07, 2019
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 9 pages
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  • The title of the story refers to the setting, an A & P supermarket. How does the author establish in the first sentence that the story takes place in a grocery store? What is the narrator’s job at the store? Do you think you’re going to like him or not? Why?
  • When the woman shopper “starts giving [the narrator] hell” because he charges her twice for a box of HiHo crackers, the narrator says, “She’d been watching cash registers forty years and probably never seen a mistake before.” Explain why his comment is a good example of verbal irony.


These eNotes Reading Response Prompts are designed to encourage your students to read more effectively and with more pleasure by giving them interesting subjects to write about after they have read. Many of the prompts will take them directly into the text, while others will give them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

A second purpose of the eNotes Reading Response Prompts is to facilitate instruction in ways that work for you in the classroom. The organization of the prompts makes them easy to use, and the content and construction of the prompts are designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills.