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For many high school readers, fairy tales and fantasy fiction are genres that maximize engagement with literature. “The Buckwheat” by Hans Christian Andersen is a cautionary tale about a young buckwheat whose pride becomes his tragic downfall. With this editable quiz on “The Buckwheat,” English teachers will promote homework accountability and evaluate reading comprehension. An answer key and copy of the public domain short story are included. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this assessment, students will demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • The narrator’s stated purpose for the narrative
  • The description of a willow tree
  • The personality trait associated with the buckwheat
  • The buckwheat’s treatment of the willow tree
  • How the buckwheat exhibits defiance
  • The antagonist of the narrative
  • The willow tree’s reaction to the buckwheat’s fate
  • The sparrow’s compassionate nature