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Support the development of high school close reading skills with this set of analysis questions to complement the short story “The No-Guitar Blues” by Gary Soto. A detailed answer key is provided. Materials are delivered in Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this exercise, students will:

  • Identify what the text states both explicitly and implicitly
  • Analyze how complex characters interact and develop
  • Read a passage to articulate what it suggests about societal inequities
  • Read a passage to make an inference about the protagonist’s psychological state
  • Articulate the intended meaning of a figurative expression
  • Articulate how the protagonist shows awareness of morals and ethics
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including simile, metaphor, and dramatic irony
  • Determine the most applicable theme in the context of the entire narrative
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims
  • Write with clarity, accuracy, and precision