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'The Monkey's Paw' Questions for Study and Discussion

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Study Guide "The Monkey's Paw" Questions for Study and Discussion:

"The Monkey's Paw" is one of the most famous works by W.W. Jacobs. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in "The Monkey's Paw"? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this story?

  • How does W.W. Jacobs reveal character in "The Monkey's Paw"?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in "The Monkey's Paw"? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Are the characters consistent in their actions? Are they fully developed characters? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • Why is the novel usually considered a work of supernatural fiction?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented?

  • Would you recommend this story to a friend?

  • Do you plan to re-read this story? Do you want to read other works by W.W. Jacobs?

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