29 pages 58 minutes read

Margaret Atwood

Happy Endings

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1983

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Depth of Knowledge Levels: Questions require respondents to demonstrate ability to: 

  1. Recall and Understand Content (e.g., who, what, where, when) 
  2. Apply and Analyze Ideas (e.g., how and why)


1. The third line of the story’s brief exposition reads, “If you want a happy ending, try A.” Which narrative point of view is this an example of?

A) first-person

B) second-person

C) third-person

D) first-person plural

Discussion Suggestion: Use the above question to introduce or review narrative point of view and the various forms it can take. Why might Atwood have decided to use both third-person and second-person narration in her story? How do different narrative viewpoints create different effects in stories, including how realistic, reliable, distant, or immediate they seem? 

2. What is the “happy ending” of plot A?

A) John and Mary get married

B) John and Mary live happily ever after