The Lady or the Tiger, Revisited
I definitely read The Lady, or the Tiger? When I was in ninth
grade, we had this book of short stories and occasionally we would have to
read one of the stories and answer questions. That was one of them. I want
to complain about them, but my OFFICIAL LAURA'S SHADY MEMORY™ won't let me
do a good job. Here I go!
The Lady, or the Tiger?
I feel like it was just that there was a
guy, and he had to choose between two doors. Behind one was a lady who
wanted to have sex with him, and behind the other was a tiger who wanted to
kill him. The story stopped before he chose doors, leaving you to mull
dissatisfiedly over the possibilities. Basically one was good and the other
bad. This seems too simplistic, if you ask me. As long as you know which one
you're going for, here's a tip: just go for the door that isn't
growling. I feel like it should have been more complicated. Like that if
he had sex with the lady he would get genital herpes. So he was screwed
either way. Still, he was only literally screwed one way; obviously, the
lady is still the way to go. How about if before the tiger killed him he could have sex with the tiger,
and it was guaranteed to be the best sex he ever had?
1. Would you rather get have mediocre sex and
get genital herpes or have the best sex you ever had with a tiger and then
get mauled to death? Why or why not?
2. Is genital herpes curable?
3. Which door did the guy end up choosing? If you get it wrong, you
4. Are you a lady, or a tiger?
The Most Dangerous Game
I think this elf story speaks for itself.
1. What is the most dangerous game of all?
(Hint: Hungry Hungry _____!)
2. What is the danger ratio of an elf? (You may use a calculator.)
3. What is more dangerous: a lady with genital herpes, a tiger, a bear, a snake, or snakes?
The Ransom of Red Chief
The boy was so obnoxious that the
kidnappers paid for him to be returned safely! Once
they did a play version of this, and my boyfriend played The Dad.
1. Why didn't they just kill the kid?
2. O. Henry is a jackass. Explain.
It was about a kid who told a lie, and it
was eating away at him, or something. He had these obnoxious parents and
they were taking him for a drive to a boarding school where he was going.
The lie might have been telling his parents he got in to the school, when
really he didn't. And they were getting closer and closer to the school when
the truth would inevitably be revealed by the principal and everything being
all "You're not a student, what the hell are you doing here," and getting
further and further from a time when he could have told the truth and gotten
out of the whole situation. Or maybe that's a story I just made up.
1. What was the lie he told? (I don't
2. There is an old saying, "Let sleeping dogs lie." How has this story
given this statement new meaning for you personally?
3. Are the kid's parents on crack? How about crank?
This plot (girl borrows diamond necklace from
rich woman without asking, loses necklace, works her whole life to replace
necklace, replaces necklace, rich woman loses necklace, says "it's okay, the
necklace was was just made of paste") was cheapened considerably by my having seen
about a million kids' shows with the same plot (Adventures in Wonderland, anyone?).
1. What European empire does the necklace
2. Challenge: make a necklace that looks like diamond out of paste. You
may also use scissors and construction paper.
3. Comment on the futility of life, not with relation to this story.
The Grey Cat
I never read this story.
1. Was it about a grey cat?