Questions on the Monkeys Paw
1. What is the first clue that the monkey’s paw is not a good thing?
When the sarge described the monkey's paw he was very serious.
2. What is the second clue that something is not right about the paw?
He throws it in the fire.
3. What is ironic about the wish? (Something is ironic when the thing that
happens is the exact opposite from what you had expected.)
Every wish has a curse.
4. Why does the mother think the second wish will make everything right?
She wants her son back since he died.
5. Why is the father afraid to make the second wish?
He knows that every wish you make it always have a curse.
6. What do you think the third wish was? Why do you think this?
To make the son go away. He did this is because he thought he would just come back as a mangled corpse.
7. Why does the story start with the father and son playing chess? Does the father’s strategy at the chess game tell you anything about his personality? If so, what?
The father takes risks playing chess and he also risks while making the wishes.
8.Sergeant Major Morris describes the monkey's paw in this way: "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,...a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. " What does Morris’ statement mean when you first read it? What does it mean after you have read the entire story? Is his comment significant? If so, why?
I think I do believe in fate is because in some situation, certain things would control peoples lives.
9.Why does Major Morris throw the monkey's paw onto the fire and why do the Whites react so strongly?
He threw it into the fire is because he knew it was cursed. The Whites got it out is because they were desperate.
10.What happens to Herbert White?He got mangled and killed in the machines.
11. What do you think happened at the end of the story? Why does Mr. White beg his wife not to let "it" into the house? What does he mean? What is he afraid of? Who or what was outside of the house?I think it was Mr. Herbert. He doesn't want "it" to come in the house is because he doesn't know whats outside.
12.What makes Jacobs' style of writing unique? Read the following passage and think about how he puts his words together to create a mood. Underline words or passages that seem important to you.
"...and a horrible fear that his wish would bring his mangled son before him ere he could escape from the room seized upon him , and he caught his breath as he found he had lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way around the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand."Fear and shock are definitely the words to describe the mood.
13.How does Jacobs set the mood and/or tone of the story? How does he build suspense? Think about the way he uses silence as a way to create a mood. What does he describe at the end as the husband and wife lie in bed waiting for their wish to come true?
He's using silence to build up suspense for the knock on the door.