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. Why is the secretary afraid for Dunning?

2. Where does Mr. Denton go, at the start of "The Diary of Mr. Poynter"?

3. What does Mr. Thomson think he sees in the strange room, in "Rats"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is John Haynes, in the story "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral"?

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

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

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

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

9. What is unusual about Betton Woods?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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