Carrie Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. From where does the prayer come?

2. Why does Miss Desjardin slap Carrie?

3. What does Carrie's menstrual cycle initiate?

4. What does Carrie's mother think of Carrie?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Sue Snell run into Chris Hargensen and what happens during their encounter?

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

6. What worries Sue when she is helping to decorate for the prom?

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

8. How does Carrie practice her ability?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Carrie is so quick to assume that people are out to get her that she never realizes that the pig blood at the prom wasn't necessarily meant for her. Carrie has been so abused by the people that should have cared for her, or at least looked out for her, that she can't comprehend how to properly act with people in many respects.

1. Do you think Carrie's assumption about the blood was logical? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Given Carrie's home situation explain why you think she had such a difficult time at school with the other students. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. How much of Carrie's paranoia do you think was the result of her mother's influence and how much did she acquire at school? 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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