In one paragraph respond to the following: “Honesty is the best policy” is a common saying. Do you agree or disagree with it? Explain your answer. Tell about a time when you obeyed/disobeyed this saying. Who was involved? What was the issue? What were the consequences? Would you change your decision? Why or why not?
Background “The Necklace” takes place in Paris in the late 1880s. At that time and in that place, social classes were all important; people were born into a certain class, and that was usually where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Our Focus: 1. Irony: a contrast between appearance and reality 2. Symbol: an object, a person, a place, or an experience that represents something else (usually something abstract)
“The Necklace” questions: 1. What does Mathilde wish about herself? 2. What was her excuse for not being able to go to the party? 3. Identify Mme. Forestier (what does she do in the story)? 4. Why did Mathilde have to fire her maid? 5. What is the surprise ending?
Vocabulary Create your own definitions/synonyms for the vocabulary terms found in the story. IncessantlyIncessantly DisconsolateDisconsolate VexationVexation PauperPauper AdulationAdulation AghastAghast PrivationsPrivations ExorbitantExorbitant
1) (Somebody)______________________ wants _______________, but ___________________, so ______________________________. 2) What things does she constantly grieve over? 3) What things does Mathilde Loisel dream of? 4) Describe Mr. Loisel’s feelings for his wife. Give specific examples to support your answer. 5) Give an example of an idiom from the story. 6) What did Mathilde Loisel borrow from Mme. Forestier? 7) How has Madame Loisel changed from the beginning of the story to the end? List several examples. 8) What does the necklace symbolize when Madam Loisel first sees it in the black satin box? When she loses it? When the truth of it is revealed? 9) Give examples of irony from the work. 10) Summarize the plot: _______________ wants _______________, but ________________, so _______________.