Casting the Runes, and Other Ghost Stories 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. In "A School Story," what happens to the writing on the paper the narrator finds?

2. What does Mr. Williams' servant see when he looks at the painting?

3. Where are the two men sitting and chatting in "A School Story"?

4. What language does school master Sampson try to teach the boys in "A School Story"?

5. Who does Mr. Williams learn was hung for a crime while the artist was painting his picture?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Mr. Anderson in Jutland Viborg, in "Number 13"?

2. Why does Collins try to warn Mrs. Anstruther not to plant her rose garden in the chosen location?

3. What happens when Dennistoun brings Canon Alberic's Scrapbook into his room at night? How does he get rid of it?

4. What happens when Mr. Somerton finds Abbot Thomas' treasure? How does he fix what happens?

5. Who is Master Sampson, and what does he carry with him?

6. How does Dennistoun come across Canon Alberic's Scrapbook?

7. Describe how the painting changes, in "The Mezzotint"?

8. Where does Dennistoun lock the painting away? What does Mr. Dennistoun's servant see in the painting?

9. Why does Mr. Somerton's servant summon Mr. Gregory, in "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas"? What does Mr. Gregory do for Mr. Somerton ?

10. Describe the documents Mr. Anderson finds at the end of "Number 13." Where does he find them? What do they reveal? What does he do with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the interaction between Mr. Wraxall and Mary Simpson. How do these characters help each other? Why does Mr. Wraxall want to help Mary Simpson? Is love a theme of this story?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the plot and subplot, in "An Episode of Cathedral History." Be sure to provide the definitions for both terms in your answer. How does James effectively keep the reader engaged without confusing them?

Essay Topic 3

How does description play a role in an author's work? How does the author use description to draw the reader into the story? What are some examples where the description does not work?

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