Casting the Runes, and Other Ghost Stories Test | Final 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. What does Mr. Denton initially think about Mr. Poynter's diaries?

2. On what holiday does Mr. Davidson plan to return to the chapel?

3. In "Casting the Runes," what does Mr. Karswell show the children?

4. In "An Episode of Cathedral History," what did Mr. Worby see as a child?

5. What happens to the man, in "A Neighbour's Landmark," when he enters the forest?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral," how did John Haynes' predecessor die?

2. What passage does Mr. Humphreys find that describes the maze?

3. In the story "A Vignette," what does the narrator see when he looks into the garden?

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

5. What does Mr. Harrington return to Mr. Karswell, and what happens to Mr. Karswell, at the end of "Casting the Runes"?

6. Why is Mr. Karswell, one of the main characters in "Casting the Runes," a vicious man?

7. What is odd about the wood carvings in John Haynes room, in the story "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral"?

8. What inheritance does Mr. Humphreys receive from his uncle?

9. What does the old man Mr. Davidson meets tell him about, in "The Uncommon Prayer-Book"?

10. What happens when Mr. Davidson returns to the church on St. Mark's day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

When considering James's life, where do you believe he found the inspiration for his book? What does this book cause you to think about the author's life? How did James change the genre of horror and suspense writing?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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