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Support the development of close reading skills for high school with this set of analysis questions for The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Covering chapters 35 through 39, this worksheet saves teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. An answer key is provided. Materials are delivered as printable Word Documents and PDFs. By completing this exercise, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Isolate a false statement about plot among a set of true statements
  • Analyze how complex characters develop and interact
  • Explore character motivations
  • Explore the psychological state of a given character
  • Articulate how several situations are ironic
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including metaphor, situational irony, allusion, and euphemism
  • Infer why Offred chose not to “reconstruct” her memory of her final encounter with Moira
  • Analyze differences and nuances in word meanings
  • Write about literature with clarity and precision
  • Cite relevant textual evidence in support of claims