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“Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin is an example of historical fiction that, when integrated into the English Language Arts classroom, complements American History curricula, as the plot precedes the Civil War and addresses the issue of how race and ethnicity affect one’s life experiences in the South. With this quiz and close reading activity bundle, teachers will evaluate general reading comprehension, support the development of close reading analysis skills, and save valuable time at home without sacrificing quality and rigor in the classroom. Answer keys and a copy of the public domain short story are included. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. 

By completing the plot-based quiz, students will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Setting
  • How Désirée came to be part of the Valmonde family
  • Armand’s initial attitude toward marrying Désirée
  • Madame Valmonde’s reaction to the sight of the baby
  • How Armand’s treatment of others changes after the birth of his child
  • Désirée’s observations of the plantation visitors
  • Désirée’s demands of her husband
  • Madame Valmonde’s response to a letter from Désirée
  • The final interaction between Armand and Désirée
  • Désirée’s final action in the story
  • The fate of Désirée’s belongings
  • Armand’s surprising discovery

By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Articulate what is stated in the text explicitly and implicitly
  • Analyze how complex characters think, interact, and behave
  • Explore character motivations and intentions
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including irony and foreshadowing
  • Analyze the author’s craft, determining how figurative language contributes to storytelling and character development
  • Articulate point of view
  • Make logical inferences about the psychological states of characters
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims
  • Write ideas with clarity, accuracy, and precision