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“Quitters Inc.” by Stephen King

“Quitters Inc.”
A Short Story by Stephen King from Night Shift, 1978

Mini-Reading Unit by Tracee Orman
Practices reading comprehension, vocabulary, and figurative language.

Quitters Inc. by Stephen King (published in Night Shift, 1978)

Quitters Inc. Worksheet ©2008, T. Orman

“Quitters Inc.” by Stephen King
NOTE to TEACHER: This short story is appropriate for high school students (grades 10-12). It contains strong language that may not be appropriate for all students, so please use your own discretion. I use the movie “Cat’s Eye” as a companion to this story because the first story in the movie is based on “Quitters Inc.” Two differences: Dick
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3. His eyes widened and, accentuated by his __________________________________, you could tell he was sickened by the sight of his wife in the room. 4. The __________________________________ philosophy is to use a practical approach to problems, rather than theories. 5. She __________________________________ conversed with her friend on phone. 6. The room was hidden behind the __________________________________ green curtain. 7. He and his __________________________________ hung out at the bar smoking. 8. He could feel __________________________________ anger building inside himself. Matching: Match the antonym to the vocabulary word. _____ 1. concerned _____ 2. compliant _____ 3. clear, truthful _____ 4. ornate _____ 5. tiny _____ 6. beneficial _____ 7. harmful _____ 8. ideally A. austere B. equivocate C. mulish D. cynically E. benignly F. colossal G. apathetically H. pernicious

Quitters Inc. by Stephen King (published in Night Shift, 1978)

Quitters Inc. Worksheet ©2008, T. Orman

“Quitters Inc.” by Stephen King
Vocabulary - Write the definition in your own words.
Name: _______________________
The words in parenthesis are the base words. If a definition refers to the base word, you need to find the meaning of the base word in order to understand its meaning.

Word incipient affably (affable) austere equivocate pragmatic/ pragmatists mulish aversion
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