Charles by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Theme & Analysis


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In 'Charles,' how does kindergarten change Laurie?

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1. In 'Charles,' who tells Laurie's mother that Charles doesn't exist?

2. Situational irony occurs when:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The printable worksheet will teach you more about 'Charles', Shirley Jackson's short story about a son's search for his own identity. If you take the interactive quiz after working your way through the lesson, you can test yourself on the plot of the story and its depiction of realism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your understanding of:

  • How Laurie is changed by kindergarten
  • Who tells Laurie's mother that Charles doesn't exist
  • What situational irony is
  • Why the names of the other characters are left out of the story
  • The subject matter of what realism focuses on

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on 'Charles' by Shirley Jackson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a short story steeped in realism and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the plot of 'Charles' and what its main focus is

Additional Learning

To learn more about realism in literature, review the corresponding lesson on 'Charles' by Shirley Jackson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifies what 'Charles' is and who wrote it
  • Discusses what the plot of the story is
  • Provides a detailed analysis of the theme and the situational irony of the story
  • Explains the message or lesson to be learned from the story.