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. Davidson plan to do while his family is out of town, in "The Uncommon Prayer-Book"?

2. In "The Diary of Mr. Poynter", what is the man found dead without?

3. Where do Mr. Humphrey, Mr. Cooper, and Mr. Cooper's wife almost get lost?

4. What does Mr. Paxton discover, in "A Warning to the Curious"?

5. Why did it take John Haynes a long time to obtain his job?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Paxton, in the story "A Warning to the Curious," and what happens to him?

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

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

7. What is unusual about Betton Woods?

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

9. What is the legend of the three crowns?

10. Who is Mr. Poschwitz, in the story "The Uncommon Prayer-Book"?

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

Define the term climax and decide where the point of climax is within a story of your choice. Explain how the event fits the definition of climax and site examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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