“The Gift of the Magi” Comprehension Questions 1.How has Della saved the $1.87?2.How does she feel about how she saved the money?3.Why does Della burst into tears?4.What has Della decided to do?5.Why do you think Della made that decision?6.Why do you think Della faltered for a minute, stood still, and cried?7.How much did Della get paid for her hair? What did she buy Jim with the money?8.When Della gets home, what does she do?9.Why does Della try to fix her hair? What is she worried about? 10. How does Jim react to seeing Della and her new hair? 11. What does Jim say about Della’s hair?12. What is ironic about the gifts that Della and Jim bought for one another?13. What type of irony does this represent? Explain.14. What do Della’s and Jim’s reactions to each other’s gifts reveal about their character?15. What is O.Henry’s opinion of the actions of Della and Jim? 16. Why does O.Henry refer to Della, Jim, and all others like them as the “magi”?
“The Gift of the Magi” Comprehension Questions – Answer Key
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