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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. In what year is "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" set?

2. What is the narrator's job in the dream-land, in "Polaris"?

3. What lures the narrator to sleep, in "Polaris"?

4. The narrator invents a machine that would let him see what, in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"?

5. What psychologist does the narrator cite in the opening of "The Doom that Came to Sarnath"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the style of "Polaris." What literary techniques does Lovecraft implement in this story?

2. What law rules the land in Ulthar? What does the narrator describe as happening before the law went into place?

3. What do the townspeople discover in the ending of "The Cats of Ulthar"?

4. What does Kurane do once he has reappeared in London, in "Celephais"?

5. What is the narrative style of "The Doom that Came to Sarnath"? How does this compare to Lovecraft's other works in the collection?

6. Describe the beginning of "Polaris." Where is the narrator?

7. How is the land of Zar described in "The White Ship"? How is Thalarian described?

8. Describe the narrator of "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." How does he introduce the story?

9. What do the settlers of Sarnath discover, in "The Doom that Came to Sarnath"? Who are their neighbors?

10. Describe the dream land of the narrator in "Polaris." What is taking place in the dream-world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting of the story "Celephais." Where is Celephais located? How is it described by the narrator?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Joe Slater in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." How does the narrator know Slater? How does he describe him?

Essay Topic 3

Describe H.P. Lovecraft's "dream vision" narratives. What stories in the collection are told in this style? What effect does it have on the reader?

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