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A & P by John Updike: Setting & Character Analysis

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The 'A & P' of the story's title comes from the name of a chain of _____.

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1. Who is the narrator of John Updike's 'A & P'?

2. The events of 'A & P' occur during which period between the late 1940s and early 1990s, characterized by extreme tension, but no large-scale offensives between the Soviet Union, the U.S., and their allies?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

John Updike's short story, A&P, is about a grocery store clerk named Sam who quits his job after his manager publicly reprimands some young women for shopping in their bathing suits, a move Sam considered embarrassing and offensive. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your knowledge about the setting as well as the characters involved in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Historical context of the story
  • Characters in A&P
  • The lesson Sam learns

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the story regarding character and setting
  • Making connections - test your understanding of the historical context in which A&P was written and how that context informs the story
  • Critical thinking - apply what you know about the Cold War and life in the U.S. during the 1960s to examine the setting and characters in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more about this short story, review the accompanying lesson on A&P by Updike: Setting & Characters. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provides a brief synopsis of A&P
  • Describes the setting
  • Contextualizes the story within the Cold War era
  • Introduces the characters
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