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D. H. Lawrence

The Rocking Horse Winner

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1926

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Exam Answer Key

Multiple Choice

1. C (Paragraph 1)

2. A (Paragraph 3)

3. D (Paragraph 6)

4. B (Various paragraphs)

5. A (All paragraphs)

6. A (Paragraph 44)

7. A (Paragraph 50)

8. D (Various paragraphs)

9. C (Various paragraphs)

10. C (Various paragraphs)

Long Answer

1. The story is set in late Victorian-era England. Lawrence includes details about the currency (GBP, or British Pound Sterling), the prestigious preparatory school Eton College, and the names of racing tracks (e.g., Lincolnshire, Derby, etc.). (All paragraphs)

2. Lawrence’s story is written in a third-person narration style. The story emulates a traditional “quest” in that it begins with a problem in which a “damsel” is in “distress” (i.e., Paul’s mother desires more money). Paul takes it upon himself to find a solution to her problem, acting as a heroic knight. In the end, he sacrifices himself for her and is ultimately pleased that he could do what he could to make her happy. (All paragraphs)