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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who says she won't do what Miss Desjardin says?

2. To what school has Chris Hargensen been accepted?

3. What list does Chris look at?

4. Where does Miss Desjardin take Carrie?

5. How are Carrie's parents described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Margret do when Carrie tells her she is going to the prom even though her mother had said no?

2. How does Carrie respond to the girls in gym class?

3. Where does the gym teacher take Carrie and what is done with her that day?

4. Why doesn't the commission know what Tommy's motives were the night of the prom?

5. What does Chris decide after seeing the list of names for possible king and queen of the prom?

6. Why does Mr. Grayle tell Chris Hargensen's father she may not go to the prom and with what does Grayle threaten Chris' father?

7. What does Sue think is Chris' main goal about the prom?

8. Why would Margret White yell at the neighbors and what did one do to taunt her?

9. What does Chris do when she leaves the prom decorating party?

10. What is thought to be the connection between Carrie's ability and her menstrual cycle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Stephen King.

2. What in King's background may have helped King in writing CARRIE? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss. Be sure to include specific examples to illustrate the theme you are discussing. How do specific characters help illustrate the theme? Would this novel be different without the theme? How? Is the theme one that could be considered universal? Why or why not :

1. Trace and analyze the theme of violence in CARRIE. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of abuse in CARRIE. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Trace and analyze the theme of revenge in CARRIE. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Carrie is written with an epistolary structure.

1. After research, explain, with examples what is meant by the above statement.

2. How do you think the epistolary structure affected the flow, the tone and the plot structure of CARRIE? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. How do you think this story would have changed if it had been written in a non-epistolary way in which the events take place in a chronological, story form? Do you think this would improve or detract from the book? Why or why not?

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