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 is Mr. Worby,in the story "An Episode of Cathedral History"?

2. Who went to the chapel, in "The Uncommon Prayer-Book," to take photographs?

3. What wood carving comes to life in John Haynes' office when he touches it?

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

5. Where does Mr. Humphrey find a pedestal with a globe on it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Who is Lady Ivy and what does she want?

6. What did the dean find when he remodeled the church, in "An Episode of Cathedral History."

7. What is unusual about Betton Woods?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the prayer books, in "Uncommon Prayer-Books." What is the significance of this story and how does it apply to the theme of magic and religion?

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

Choose one story and analyze the message James is trying to convey in that story. What lesson do the characters learn in this story?

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