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Writing about “Story of an Hour” 

Hour” 
Directions:​​ Choose one of the three prompts below to respond to thoroughly. You must include at least
two (2) pieces of textual evidence to support your claim. This means your response should be at least 8-10
sentences. Circle or highlight the prompt you are choosing and then respond on a seperate sheet of paper.
Staple this sheet to the back.

1. Relationships between people are, by the complicated nature of people, complicated. In looking
carefully at the excerpt, how would you characterize the relationship between Mr. and Mrs.
Mallard? What might explain the final phrase, “of joy that kills?”

2. At the end of the story, Chopin writes, “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart
disease—of joy that kills.” What do you think really killed Mrs. Mallard. Be sure to use examples
from the text to support your argument.

3. "The Story of an Hour" is about a lifetime of quiet struggle—but its narrative, as the title
suggests, takes place over the course of a mere hour. Why do you think Chopin chose to tell the
story this way? What is the importance and impact of form as it is used in "The Story of an
Hour." Be sure to cite examples in your response.

 
 
Writing about “Story of an Hour” 
Hour” 
Directions:​​ Choose one of the three prompts below to respond to thoroughly. You must include at least
two (2) pieces of textual evidence to support your claim. This means your response should be at least 8-10
sentences. Circle or highlight the prompt you are choosing and then respond on a seperate sheet of paper.
Staple this sheet to the back.

1. Relationships between people are, by the complicated nature of people, complicated. In looking
carefully at the excerpt, how would you characterize the relationship between Mr. and Mrs.
Mallard? What might explain the final phrase, “of joy that kills?”

2. At the end of the story, Chopin writes, “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart
disease—of joy that kills.” What do you think really killed Mrs. Mallard. Be sure to use examples
from the text to support your argument.

3. "The Story of an Hour" is about a lifetime of quiet struggle—but its narrative, as the title
suggests, takes place over the course of a mere hour. Why do you think Chopin chose to tell the
story this way? What is the importance and impact of form as it is used in "The Story of an
Hour." Be sure to cite examples in your response.