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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 do the boys see the night before school master Sampson disappears?

2. What happens Mr. Wraxall after speaking to the tomb?

3. Where is Abbot Thomass treasure buried?

4. In what town does Parkins work?

5. What is the name of the man that comes looking for the the Tractate Middoth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Squire Francis Bowles want to be buried in an earthy grave?

3. What painting does Mr. Williams think Dennistoun would like, in "The Mezzotint"? What does Dennistoun think of the painting?

4. 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?

5. What is the Tractate Middoth?

6. Who is Lady Ivy and what does she want?

7. What does Mr. Thomson find in the strange room, in the story "Rats"?

8. What does Mr. Somerton do for a living, and how does it lead him to the treasure of Abbot Thomas?

9. What does Parkins think about the metal object he finds, in ""Oh Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad"? What does the object look like?

10. What happens when Mr. Garrett goes to look for the Tractate Middoth a second time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how superstition plays a role in the story "Number 13." Choose one other story and discuss how superstition plays a role in that story.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Dennistoun. Why does James choose to use this character in another story? What is the benefit of this? What is the significance of Dennistoun not believing in the supernatural?

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