After Twenty Years: Themes & Analysis


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What is the main focus of O. Henry's 'After Twenty Years'?

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1. Which of these is a theme in 'After Twenty Years'?

2. In 'After Twenty Years,' which of Bob's characteristics perhaps best demonstrates his loyalty to his friendship with Jimmy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

After Twenty Years by O. Henry is a very short story with a variety of themes. This combination quiz and worksheet will help ensure that you understand the story's purpose and intent.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • The main focus of the story
  • What themes are present
  • The way that Bob demonstrates loyalty
  • Where Jimmy's loyalties lie
  • How Jimmy shows remorse

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding After Twenty Years by O. Henry
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about After Twenty Years in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on O. Henry's story

Additional Learning

To check your understanding of O. Henry's After Twenty Years, review the accompanying lesson called After Twenty Years: Summary & Characters. This lesson tackles the following objectives:

  • Summarizing O. Henry's story
  • Analyzing the themes of After Twenty Years
  • Discussing the ways that the themes manifest in the story's characters
  • Explaining the ways that the two characters differ in their relationship