Week 8–French Short Story, “The Necklace”

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We are going to be starting The Importance of Being Earnest soon. I am going to be ordering your books soon.

Please leave a comment below telling me that you would like a book, and if you have a brother or sister in the class, let me know if you would each like your own copy or if you are planning to share.

Purchase–The book will cost $7.55. You can pay me this Friday with a check or with cash.

Reader’s Theater–Just like last year with Hamlet, we will be meeting to read the play together during the week. We will have snacks and drinks and lots of laughter. I know it is an inconvenience for your parents to bring you during the week to read the play, but it is seriously one of the most important things you will do for this class. There is absolutely no way you can “get” the humor in this play without coming to the Reader’s Theater. Please save these tentative dates (I still need to get them approved, but Dustin doesn’t think they will be a problem). We will meet from 9 AM – 12 PM.

  • Monday November 28
  • Thursday December 1
  • Monday December 5
  • Thursday December 8

Here is a Review of the play from Amazon.com

By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2015

Format: Paperback

Being in a college-level English class in high school is certainly an interesting situation. While the school year has barely started we’ve already read The Power of One, Invisible Man, Fountainhead, Beowulf, Dubliners, that satire about eating children, and a couple poems. Of these, only the satire wasn’t ridiculously serious and philosophical (well, it was still critical, but funny and weird in its own right). While I really enjoy the novels and stories we’ve read so far (except Fountainhead, which has become a sort of trigger word for me…just mention Howard Roark and I go off like a smoking gun) I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun reading a classic piece of literature.

Honestly, AP English Aside and coming from an avid reader and 17 year old, this drama is HILARIOUS. I was practically dying of laughter during class hearing my classmates read the snarky, biting quips of 1895 British aristocrats lying and deceiving each other. The plot is absolutely hilarious, the characters all dreadful in the best ways, and the social criticism well executed and scathing in its farce-driven shell. And for those expecting a drawn out, boring play that only disappoints compared to the glorious promises of some Amazon reviewers…DON’T. The pacing of the play is very fast-paced and witty, moving from one scene to the next with an easy to follow but fast speed, and even to a modern audience it’s sure to get a chuckle out of the most firm unbeliever. Reading through the first two acts, the whole class was cracking up laughing and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly. It was a nice break between satires about eating babies and old English epics, that’s for sure, and I’m definitely going to order my own copy, it was so good.

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The Eiffel Tower was built in 1887, so Guy de Maupassant saw it being built. In fact, according to legend, he hated it! He called it hideous.


Bonjour! Mes Amis! Je m’appelle Mme. Brandi.

This week we are going to read a short story written by Guy de Maupassant. He was one of the world’s greatest short story writers. He wrote over 300 short stories and 6 novels. Unfortunately he died of insanity in an asylum when he was only 42.

He would be kind of handsome if he didn’t have a fully grown cat sitting under his nose.

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Remember you have an essay due this Friday. You should probably be finished with it by now.



  • Literary Response and Analysis Questions (below)
  • Literary Terms Notebook


  • “The Necklace” close reading activity (below)
  • Literary Terms Notebook


  • Poetry of Music Project
  • Finish all of your work from the last two weeks and pack it in your backpacks.
  • Hug your parents and tell them that you love them.
  • Bring $7.55 to pay for your copy of the book The Importance of Being Earnest


Copy the vocabulary words and definitions, then do the activity below.

  1. incessantly–constantly; continually
  2. disconsolate-causing sadness or depression; also, very unhappy
  3. vexation- disturbance; distress
  4. pauper- very poor person
  5. adulation-intense or excessive admiration and praise
  6. aghast-terrified; horrified
  7. privations- hardships; lack of the things needed for a happy, healthy life.
  8. exorbitant- much too high in price or amount

Vocabulary activity: Choose a vocabulary word, that is similar in meaning to the bold words below, and write it on the line after the sentence.

  1. A poor person could not treat friends to a meal that was excessive in price. __________, _____________
  2. Lack of food and shelter caused trouble for the first American colonists. _______________, ____________
  3. Dejected when her dog died, a pet owner talked endlessly about her grief. _______________, ____________
  4. Mrs. Jones was shocked at her son’s idolization of someone she held in contempt. _______________, _____________

Grammar Mini-Lesson

Pronoun Problems– Please copy the notes below and then complete the activity.

Some pronouns in English sound exactly like other words: its and it’s; their and they’re; whose and who’s; your and you’re. Words that sound alike are not a problem when you are speaking, but they can be troublesome when you are writing. To avoid making mistakes you must be aware of the difference between a possessive pronoun and a pronoun contraction. 

  • A possessive pronoun (such as its, their, whose, your) shows ownership or relationship.
  • A pronoun contraction (such as it’s, they’re, who’s, and you’re) is shortened form of a pronoun and a verb (it is, they are, who is, you are). A pronoun contraction always contains and apostrophe.

Practice Activity

Choose the correct pronoun from each underlined pair in parenthesis.

  1. “But her husband exclaimed, ‘My, but (your/you’re) silly!”
  2. “‘(Its/It’s) embarrassing not to have a jewel or gem — nothing to wear on my dress.'”
  3. “‘Why not wear some flowers? (Their/They’re) very fashionable this season.'”
  4. “The next day they took the case to the jeweler (whose/who’s) name they found inside.”

Check the pronouns in your writing. Have you used a possessive where a contraction should have been used? Have you spelled a possessive pronoun with an apostrophe?

Exercise 2: Underline the correct contraction or possessive pronoun for each sentence.

Ann and Maria like to shop on (their, they’re) days off. (Their, They’re) favorite place to shop is J.C. Penny’s at the mall. (Its, It’s) fun to catch all the great sales. (They’re, Their) mom can’t believe (they’re, their) buying more clothes. She’s worried about (who’s, whose) going to keep up with all of them. Ann and Maria don’t know (who’s, whose) clothes belong to whom!

Literary Response and Analysis Questions

  1. Summarize the plot.
  2. When Mme. Forestier reveals that the necklace was a fake, the reader feels the force of irony–the sense that something has turned out to be the opposite of what we expected. Explain what makes the story’s closing sentences ironic.
  3. The third-person limited narrator lets us see the world through the eyes of Mathilde Loisel. Does the narrator paint a mostly sympathetic or a mostly unsympathetic picture of Mathilde? Explain.
  4. Think about this story’s point of view as if you were Maupassant trying to decide how to tell your story. Explain how the story and our understanding of Mathilde would change if the story was told by her husband or Mathilde herself.
  5. The choice of narrator affects a story’s tone–the writer’s attitude toward a subject or character. What tone is created through Maupassant’s use of a third-person limited narrator? For help deciding, consider whether the story is critical of Mathilde only or whether the writer is criticizing the values of a whole society.
  6. How would you characterize Mathilde’s husband? Consider what you know about him: His loyalty to Mathilde, the way he indulges her, his years of sacrifice and hard work, and his plans to buy something for himself.
  7. Do you think Maupassant has painted a believable picture of the effects of envy? (Is the plot believable? Are the character’s motivations convincing?) Why or why not?
  8. Do you think Mme. Forestier should return the difference in value between the original necklace and the one she received as a replacement? Take one side of this question and write a statement for or against payment to the Loisels.
  9. Mathilde is a dynamic character-she changes over the course of the story. Do you think she changes for the better or for the worse? Explain. Do you think she would have developed as a person if she hadn’t gone through that trial?
  10. Write down James 1:2-4.

“The Necklace” Close Reading Activity

Please print out the activity below, and answer questions 1 & 2 on a separate sheet of paper. 🙂


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