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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. What does Tommy tell Sue?

2. What are Carrie's abilities like?

3. What does Billy do?

4. What is Chris going to do everything possible to accomplish?

5. What does Sue Snell want Tommy Ross to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Carrie think about Tommy's request?

3. What happens in August, 1966, at the home of Margret White? Who does Margret live with? How does she treat that person?

4. What did Carrie's father take to work with him and where is he?

5. What happens at school in gym class when Carrie is seventeen?

6. How does Carrie practice her ability?

7. What does Sue Snell say to Tommy about Carrie and the gym incident and how does she feel?

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

9. How does Sue feel about what she told Chris?

10. What does Carrie do to a small boy while walking home and what does she discover about herself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Chris Hargensen and Sue Snell. How are they the same? How are they different? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. What do you think would have happened if these two characters, Chris Hargensen and Sue Snell never existed in the story? Use events from the book where the direct influence of Chris Hargensen and Sue Snell have an impact on others.

3. Who is the better person, Chris Hargensen or Sue? Why? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Burke chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Burke chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss James Lee Burke's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Burke use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Chris is angry at being barred from the prom. Carrie is angry because she feels so many of her peers make fun of her. Margret is angry because she didn't kill Carrie as a baby. Anger runs throughout this whole book.

1. Do you think the events would have occurred without anger? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. How do you think Carrie can go about "losing" her anger?

3. Is Carrie's anger justified? Understandable? What can she do to let go of the anger?

4. Can you use your advice about how Carrie can let go of her anger and apply it to any way your own anger is sparked? Why or why not?

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