20. Jim finds it hard to believe Della has cut and sold her hair. Almost in shock, he asks about her hair cut more than once. Initially, Della thinks her husband does not like the way she looks without her long hair. To reassure him, she repeatedly says she’ll _________. a. buy a wigb. wear a scarfc. grow it out againd. all of these 21. When Della opens her present, she understands Jim’s reaction to her haircut. Jim has bought the expensive set of ______ of “pure tortoise shell, with jeweled rims” she has admired and wanted for quite some time. 22. After Della opens her present, she gives Jim the watch chain and wants him to put his watch on it right away. Instead he sits down on the couch and smiles. He then tells her he sold his watch to buy her present. O. Henry describes his story as “the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children who most unwisely sacrificed for each other [their] greatest treasures.” Then he states, “Of all who give gifts these two were the wisest.” This apparent contradiction reflects the Magi, the WiseMen, who brought gifts of great _______ to the Baby Jesus. 23. Jim and Della’s dinner, _______, could possibly be a pun on her haircut. 24. O. Henry’s biblical allusion to the Magi elevates a poor couple’s dilemma about buying Christmas gifts for each other to the level of the New Testament story of the Wise Men. This short story is about two young lovers who sacrifice their most prized possessions; it is a classic example of ________. a. ironyb. understatementc. flashbackd. juxtapositioning 25. The theme of this story is that Jim and Della’s love for each other is much more valuable than any _______.
***KEY*** “The Gift of the Magi” Multiple Choice Quiz ***KEY***1. a2. d3. c4. c5. b6. b7. c8. a9. b10. c11. a12. c13. b14. d15. b16. a17. c18. c19. b20. c21. b22. a23. d24. a25. a