“The Price of Words” Questions

Some questions to use in a classroom setting with my short story, “The Price of Words

  1. Pick two words used in the story and determine their meanings. Use reference materials as needed.
  2. What are some of your favorite words? What do they mean and what makes them important to you?
  3. What is something you’d take risks for? Why?
  4. Describe the main character.
  5. What name would you choose for the main character? What do you think she would look like?
  6. Why might the author have avoided naming the character and describing her physical appearance?
  7. What can you infer from the end of the story? Support your answer with details from the story.
  8. Was the main character right in her actions? Support your answer with details from the story.
  9. Was Jace right in his actions? Support your answer with details from the story.
  10. Compare and contrast the main character and Jace.
  11. Find two examples of figurative language in the story.
  12. What is the theme of this story? Support your answer with details from the story.
  13. How does the author’s use of language relate to the story’s theme?
  14. How does “The Price of Words” relate to current events?
  15. Write a continuation of the story.

“The Price of Words” Extras

If you liked my short story, “The Price of Words,” check out the extras below!

Images that remind me of “Price”


Songs that remind me of “Price”

“Titanium,” Madilyn Bailey

You shout it out
But I can’t hear a word you say
I’m talking loud not saying much…

“Did You Get My Message?” Jason Mraz

Do you ever wonder what happens to the words that we send
Do they bend, do they break from the flight that they take
And come back together again with a whole new meaning
In a brand new sense, completely unrelated to the one I sent…

“Brave,” Sara Bareilles

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave…

“Fight Song,” Rachel Platten

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?

“The Price of Words”

Imagine a world where each word comes at a price, and the cost is often too high to excuse…

Read my young adult short story, “The Price of Words,” here!