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. Who followed John Harrington prior to his death?

2. Whose paper did the society deny, in "Casting the Runes"?

3. What happens to John Haynes' wood carvings after his death?

4. What is the name of the strange forest, in "A Neighbour's Landmark"?

5. In "A Vignette," what does the narrator see when he looks through the hole in the fence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does the secretary play, in "Casting the Runes"?

2. What is unusual about Betton Woods?

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

4. Describe the hedge maze, in "Mr. Humphreys and his Inheritance."

5. What is in the sphere at the end of "Mr. Humphreys and his Inheritance," and what does Mr. Humphreys decide it means?

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

7. How does Miss Denton use the diary, in the story "The Diary of Mr. Poynter"?

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

9. In "The Malice of Inanimate Objects," how do the objects attack the men in the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What role does the supernatural play in James' stories? Choose two examples and explain how it contrasts with the theme of religion. Choose two characters and discuss their relationship with the supernatural as well.

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