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Henry Lawson: “The Drover's Wife”


1. Who are the characters in this short story?

2. What is the main character like? How does the author tell us about her? Find words,
expressions or passages in the text to illustrate this.
3. Do any of the characters change during the course of the story? If so, who, how and why?
4. List all the characters. What role do the minor characters play? What relationships are there
between the characters? Do these change?
5. What is the plot of the story? How is the plot organized? How does the author build
6. What is the setting of the story? How important is the setting? How is the setting described?
Find words, expressions or passages to illustrate this.
7. What is the theme of the story? What conflict or conflicts do you see? Are conflicts
resolved? If so, how?
8. What is the point of view of this text?


1. Write a portrait of the main character in “The Drover's Wife”. Back up your description with
references to the text.
2. Write an analysis of the short story.