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“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter is a piece of psychological fiction that complements high school units involving modernist literature and the narrative technique known as stream of consciousness. 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:

  • George’s characterization
  • Setting
  • The joys and pleasures in life
  • Granny Weatherall’s religious affiliation
  • Granny Weatherall’s perspective on dying
  • Granny Weatherall’s perspective on how women fulfill their lives
  • The contents of a box in the attic
  • Granny Weatherall’s message for George
  • The purpose of Father Connolly’s visit
  • Granny Weatherall’s eagerness to see someone
  • The resolution

By completing the close reading analysis activity, students will:

  • Articulate what is stated in the text explicitly and implicitly
  • Identify point of view and setting
  • Analyze how complex characters think and behave
  • Discern the author’s intent and its effect on readers.
  • Explore character motivations
  • Explore cause-and-effect relationships
  • Analyze how complex characters interact
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including situational irony and symbolism
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims
  • Write with clarity and precision