The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs: Story & Theme


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In the short story 'The Monkey's Paw,' by W.W. Jacobs, how does the White family end up with the monkey's paw?

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1. In the short story 'The Monkey's Paw,' by W.W. Jacobs, what does the White family wish for and why?

2. In the short story 'The Monkey's Paw,' by W.W. Jacobs, the family's first wish comes true. At what cost does the family receive two hundred pounds?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Have you ever noticed that whenever fictional characters are offered something that grants them three wishes, there's almost always a catch? As you work through this quiz/worksheet combo on 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W. Jacobs, you will answer test questions about how the Whites come into possession of a magical talisman, what they wish for and what happens when that wish is granted.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will help you measure what you know about:

  • How the White family gets the monkey's paw
  • What they wish for and why
  • How the first wish comes true
  • Which theme best fits this story

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of 'The Monkey's Paw' to describe what the Whites use their last two wishes for
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand what you've learned about what their first wish cost them
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the themes inherent in 'The Monkey's Paw'

Additional Learning

If you're not afraid to open the door on a dark and stormy night, take a look at the lesson titled 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W. Jacobs: Story & Theme to find out more. If you complete the lesson successfully, you should be able to:

  • Tell where this story takes place
  • Discuss why one of the characters tries to destroy the monkey's paw
  • Identify the firm that Herbert White works for