O. Henry's Short Stories: Lesson for Kids


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William Sydney Porter wrote his stories using the name 'O. Henry.' What is it called when an author uses a pen name instead of his/her own name?

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1. The short story Bexar Scrip No. 2692 is an example of an O. Henry story set in _____.

2. Which of these O. Henry stories is about an artist who is very sick and thinks she's going to die?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

O. Henry was a famous writer of short stories. With this quiz/worksheet combo, you can discover what you know about topics like the meaning of a pen name and the setting of the short story 'Bexar Scrip No. 2692'.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following:

  • One of O. Henry's stories about a sick artist
  • Plot twist in 'The Ransom of Red Chief'
  • The way the husband gets money to a buy a gift in 'The Gift of the Magi'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on O. Henry
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about a story by O. Henry about a sick artist who is waiting to die
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about another word for 'pen name' and the money the husband in 'The Gift of the Magi' gets in order to buy his wife a gift

Additional Learning

For more on the author, you can review the lesson called O. Henry's Short Stories: Lesson for Kids. Pay attention to these points listed below:

  • Things O. Henry wrote about in his stories
  • Definition of a twist in a story
  • Analysis of some of the stories by O. Henry