|Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge (Ambrose Bierce)
Taking place during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is the story of a Confederate sympathizer condemned to die by hanging upon the Owl Creek Bridge. The main character finds himself already bound at the bridge's edge at the beginning of the story. We later learn that a disguised Union scout enlisted him to attempt to demolish the bridge, and subsequently he was caught in the act. Free online version of the story is available.
|The Bet (Anton Chekhov)
Anton Chekhov presents the pros and cons of both options in his short story, The Bet. In this story, two men make a bet, both staking rather important things. The banker stakes his millions while the lawyer stakes his freedom. This is done to determine whether death or solitary confinement is more humane. Free online version of the story is available. There is also a Free Audio Version available
|The Boarded Window (Ambrose Bierce)
The story deals with a turning point in a man's life, one which has the ability to completely change his future. Murlock believes that his seemingly dead wife has returned as a ghost and as fear immobilizes him, she actually does die a most horrific death. Free online version of the story is available.
|The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Cask of Amontillado is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The story is set in a nameless European city in an unspecified year (possibly sometime during the eighteenth century) and concerns the deadly revenge taken by the narrator on a friend whom he claims has insulted him. Like several of Poe's stories, and in keeping with the 19th century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive, or more specifically, by immurement. Free online version of the story is available.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (Mark Twain)
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is an 1865 short story by Mark Twain. It was also published as "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog." In it, the narrator retells a story he heard from a bartender, Simon Wheeler, at the Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, about the gambler Jim Smiley. Free online version of the story is available.
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|The Diamond Maker (H. G. Wells)
Herbert George Wells, better known as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. He was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many different genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary and the short story. The Diamond Maker was one of his short story ventures. Free online version of the story is available.
|The Gift of the Magi (O' Henry)
The Gift of the Magi is a short story written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), allegedly at Pete's Tavern on Irving Place in New York City. The moral of the story The Gift of the Magi is that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.
Free online summary of the story is available. There is also a Free Audio Version available
The Gold Bug (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Interlopers (Saki)
Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 – November 14, 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, was a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. The Interlopers deals with a feud between two families that is resolved by nature. Free online version of the story is available.
The Lady or the Tiger (Frank Stockton)
The "semi-barbaric King" of an ancient land utilized an unusual form of administering justice for offenders in his kingdom. The offender would be placed in an arena where his only way out would be to go through one of two doors. Behind one door was a beautiful woman hand-picked by the king and behind the other was a ravenous tiger. Read Stockton's enchanting story and then discuss the resolution. Free online version of the story is available.
The Lightning Rod Man (Herman Melville)
Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. The Lightning Rod Man is one of Melville's more obscure short stories. Free online version of the story is available.
The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)
The Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 28, 1948 issue of The New Yorker. The only change New Yorker editors made to Jackson's original manuscript was to alter the date in the story to make it one day before the date of the magazine's publication. Free online version of the story is available.
The Lottery Ticket (Chekhov)
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian short story writer and playwright. He was born in Taganrog, southern Russia, on 29 January 1860, and died of tuberculosis at the health spa of Badenweiler, Germany, on 15 July 1904. His playwriting career produced four classics, while his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife," he once said, "and literature is my mistress". The Lottery Ticket is one of his more popular short stories. Free online version of the story is available.
The Most Dangerous Game (Richard Connell)
The Most Dangerous Game (1924) is a short story by Richard Connell and the author's most well-known work. It concerns a big-game hunter trapped on the island of a sadistic fellow hunter who, bored with conventional prey, has come to see humans as the only quarry worthy of his skill (human hunting). Free online version of the story is available.
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Bret Harte)
The story revolves around four "immoral" characters: John Oakhurst, The Duchess, Mother Shipton, and Uncle Billy. The four characters are forced to leave town together as part of the townspeoples "cleansing" of bad elements. The party leaves Poker Flats in exile. On the way, they meet Piney Woods and Tom Simson, or the Innocent, a younger man who admires Oakhurst. The main character, John Oakhurst, a gambler, is run out of town because of the money that he has won from the town's folk. The story takes place in a part of California known as Poker Flat, near the town of La Porte. Free online version of the story is available.
The Tell-Tale Heart (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe written in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a vulture eye. The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man's heart is still beating under the floorboards. Free online version of the story is available.
There Will Come Soft Rains (Ray Bradbury)
There Will Come Soft Rains is a short story by science fiction author Ray Bradbury. The story is about a high-technology smart house in a post-human world. Due to a nuclear war, the inhabitants of the home have perished; only their silhouettes are left, etched into the burned outer walls. The intelligent house, unaware of their deaths, continues to serve the absent people. Free online version of the story is available.
To Build a Fire (Jack London)
To Build a Fire is a short story by American author Jack London. The famous version of this story was published in 1908. Jack London published an earlier and radically different version in 1902, and a comparison of the two provides a dramatic illustration of the growth of his literary ability. It is widely considered as a prime example of a Man vs. Nature conflict. Free online version of the story is available.
Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 – November 14, 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, was a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. The story Tobermory takes place at a country house party where a visiting professor announces to the guests that he has perfected a procedure to teach animals human speech. He demonstrates this on his host's cat. Soon it is clear that he omitted to teach the animal to be silent about certain facts. Free online version of the story is available.
Young Goodman Brown (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Young Goodman Brown (1835) is a short story by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story takes place in Puritan New England, a common setting for Hawthorne's works, and addresses one of his common themes: the conflict between good and evil in human nature and, in particular, the problem of public goodness and private wickedness. Free online version of the story is available.
|The Roald Dahl Short Story Test Pack
"The Man From the South" and "Lamb to the Slaughter"
Both are surprise ending stories that your students will love. Each test has over 60 question in sequential order. You can open the tests in just about any word processor, modify them, or edit them as needed. They have been formatted with the Comic Sans font, but you can change this to meet your needs.
Best of all, each test is accompanied by a Teacher Answer Key, so there is not need to constantly review the story. These also make great study guides or worksheets for slower students to follow the action of the story.
|Short Stories With An Ironic Twist Test Pack
Each of these popular short stories was designed to make the reader snap to attention -- at the end. The surprise ending story has always been a favorite with young readers and your students will love them.
After they have read the stories use these tets to check their knowledge (can also be used as worksheets). The following story tets are included in the test pack:
The Gift of the Magi (O'Henry)
The Interlopers (Saki)
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment (Hawthorne)
The Bet (Chekhov)
The Tell-Tale Heart (Poe)
The Most Dangerous Game (Connell)
Each story is formatted with the Comic Sans font but tests can be modified and edited as needed. Best of all, each test is accompanied by a Teacher Answer key.
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