“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin – Quiz & Test


A multiple-choice quiz and a quick-grading short-answer test for Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour.”


  • 15 Multiple-Choice Question Quiz
  • 5 Short Answer Question Test
  • Scoring Guide with Suggested Rubric for Short Answer Questions
  • Answer Key (Including Suggested Answer Content for Short Answer Questions)

This is a flexible pair of assessments for Chopin’s widely-anthologized and widely-read short story, “The Story of an Hour.”

The focus of the questions covers a range of areas – from plot and character to literary elements and theme.

While “The Story of an Hour” is a remarkably short story, it is a great text for illustrating several literary devices to students. As this is an excellent story for teaching irony in particular, there are several items in the quiz and test that engage with how the story uses this literary element. To facilitate this instructional opportunity, a selected literary terms glossary is included with this resource:

  • Ambiguity
  • Narrative Point of View (First Person, Second Person, Third Person Limited, Third Person Omniscient)
  • Irony (Verbal Irony, Situational Irony, Dramtic Irony)
  • Symbolism

A clear-cut scoring rubric is included to facilitate fast and transparent grading for the short answer questions.

Recommended methods for using these assessments: Use the multiple -choice quiz and short answer section test separately so that the quiz is utilized as a means of preparation for the short answer test. The short answer test can then be used as an alternative to an essay assignment or as a preliminary assignment to an essay.

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