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

2. In "Casting the Runes," what covers the sheet of paper Dunning's receives?

3. In "The Diary of Mr. Poynter, " what was the dead man's coffin filled with?

4. What society does the secretary belong to, at the start of "Casting the Runes"?

5. What does Mr. Cooper try to find a key to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who reads Mr. Karswell's paper, in "Casting the Runes," and what happens to this person?

2. Why does Mr. Lake go to the cathedral, and who does he stay with in "An Episode of Cathedral History"? Why is this person important to the tale?

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

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

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

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

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

8. In "The Uncommon Prayer-Book," what does Mrs. Porter says is wrong at the church?

9. What is the legend of the three crowns?

10. What is unusual about Betton Woods?

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

How does James address the theme of revenge in his book? Choose two examples and explain how these examples contribute to the theme of revenge.

Essay Topic 3

How does James use point of view to engage the reader and enhance the plot? Choose one story and determine whose point of view the story is being told from. How does this effect the reader's engagement with the characters and plot?

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