Name: Date: “The Open Window”—Comprehension & Analysis Notes Directions: As you read “The Open Window,” fill out the chart below about the story’s plot, setting, and characterization. (Exposition: Characters and Conflict) Who is the protagonist? What is the protagonist’s INTERNAL CONFLICT? What is the protagonist’s EXTERNAL CONFLICT? (Complications, or Rising Action) What role does Vera, the little girl, play in the rising action of the plot? (Climax) What is the CLIMAX of the story? Defend your response. (Falling Action & Moment of Irony) What shocking discovery do we make about Vera? (This is the moment of irony.) Why is this “shocking” to us? (Resolution) What, if it exists, is the PHYSICAL RESOLUTION of the story? Defend your answer. What, if it exists, is the EMOTIONAL RESOLUTION of the story? Defend your answer. (Setting) What is the setting of the story? What MOOD does this setting create for the story? How does this mood make the ironic twist at the end of the story that much more shocking? How does the setting of the story create CONFLICT for Mr. Nuttel? (Setting & Characterization) How does the setting of the story reveal Mr. Nuttel’s personality? (Look at how he interacts with strangers.) Using at least three methods of characterization, characterize Mr. Nuttel. (Let’s see what you remember from past experience with characterization. ) How could what we see about Mr. Nuttel’s personality affect how we feel about the fact that Vera lied to him? How do you feel about the fact that YOUR emotions or reactions to situations can be influenced by the details that an author gives us about a character? Do you think that people in “real life” can have the same effect on us? Explain.