“The Lady or the Tiger” Questions

Although not quite as serious as the young man's dilemma in "The Lady or the Tiger," teachers of literature face a dilemma: (1) evaluate higher level thinking skills by assigning an essay and spending countless hours grading them; (2) give a multiple choice exam that tests rudimentary knowledge that's easy to grade but does not assess higher level thinking skills.

I've solved the problem with the following "Lady or the Tiger" multiple choice quiz.

These "Lady or the Tiger" questions go beyond superficial facts and memorization. They require students to know the elements of literature and to be able to apply them.

You're welcome.

P.S. Please, cut and paste these questions for use in the classroom. I made them myself.

“Lady or the Tiger” Questions: Multiple Choice

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Use these "Lady or the Tiger" questions for the next quiz.

  1. What is the main conflict in "The Lady or the Tiger"?
    • person vs. person
    • person vs. self
    • individual vs. society
    • person vs. nature
  2. Which of the following character is a round character?
    • the princess
    • the young man
    • the tiger
    • the king
  3. The confusing nature of love and the absence of free will are examples of what literary term?
    • conflict
    • plot
    • rising action
    • theme
  4. Of the three elements of suspense, which one is prominent in the story?
    • pacing
    • foreshadowing
    • dangerous action
    • explosions
  5. The setting of the story
    • is ancient Rome
    • does not matter
    • is not specific
    • is at the Circus
  6. It is most likely that
    • the young man is mauled by a tiger.
    • the young man is wed to the princess.
    • the young man is wed to the girl behind the door.
    • only the princess truly knows.
  7. Which word best describes the king?
    • cruel
    • melancholy
    • semibarbaric
    • loopy
  8. Which word best describes the princess?
    • semibarbaric
    • conflicted
    • hot
    • mean
  9. "His (the king's) nature was bland and genial; but, whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial still" is an example of
    • irony
    • theme
    • conflict
    • foreshadowing
  10. "With all the intensity of the savage blood transmitted to her through long lines of wholly barbaric ancestors, she (princess) hated the woman who blushed and trembled behind that silent door." This passage provides evidence that
    • the princess told the young man the truth.
    • lied to the young man.
    • didn't know the truth.
    • hated her father.
  11. "The only hope for the youth in which there was any element of certainty was based upon the success of the princess in discovering this mystery." This passage is an example of ____________.
    • theme
    • characterization
    • irony
    • conflict
  12. "Her decision had been indicated in an instant, but it had been made after days and nights of anguished deliberation." This passage is an example of ____________.
    • theme
    • conflict
    • stereotype
    • irony


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