“Gift of the Magi”
1. What did Della want to buy for her husband for Christmas? How much money did she have to start
2. What did Della sell to get her the $20.00 she needed to buy her husband’s present?
3. What did Jim buy for his wife for Christmas?
4. How much money did Jim make a week at this job?
5. Where does Della work? Reference how you know.
6. What do we learn about the relationship between Della and Jim?
7. In the end, do they still love each other? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
8. What are magi?
9. How does the magi and their significance relate to the meaning of the story?
10. What is the theme (message) of this story?
11. Use the answers to questions 1-7 to write a summary of the story—start by listing the events in the
proper order and then turn it into a paragraph.