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After reading “The Story of an Hour,” answer the questions below, making sure to support your answers with specifics from the text.

1)  How is the setting important to the story?  In your answer, make sure to discuss both the time and locale (physical location). 

2) Discuss how symbolism is used in the story, making sure to be specific about what symbolizes what and why it is important to the story.   

3) What does the author’s use of characterization reveal about this woman and the author’s message about marriage at this time?