37 pages 1 hour read

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1973

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1. What sound announces the beginning of Omelas’s festivities? (short answer)

2. What is Omelas celebrating as the story begins?

A) a wedding

B) Independence

C) Harvesting

D) Summer

3. Which of the following is part of Omelas’s festivities?

A) a horserace

B) a pageant

C) a marching band

D) fireworks

4. Which of the following best describes the role music plays in the story?

A) It serves as an ironic counterpoint to the story’s events.

B) It captures the innocent happiness of a prior era.

C) It symbolizes emotion that eludes or exceeds description.

D) It reflects Omelas’s predominantly oral artistic tradition.