A & P by John Updike: Summary & Analysis


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John Updike's stories usually take place in:

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1. Updike's short story 'A & P' is a coming of age story. What does that mean?

2. Why did Sammy nickname one of the girls Queenie?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

A & P is a coming of age story about a grocery store clerk named Sam who learns a hard lesson about rebelling against conformity. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of story's summary and analysis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The main theme of the story
  • Similarities in Updike's stories
  • Character analysis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can identify the over-arching theme of A & P
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding character and story analysis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of A & P to answer questions about the characters and central theme as well as John Updike, the author, and his recurring images from other works

Additional Learning

To learn more about the analysis of A & P, review the accompanying lesson called A & P by Updike: Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Summarize the plot
  • Analyze the story
  • Analyze the characters
  • Understand the central themes