Dagon and Other Macabre Tales Test | Mid-Book 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. The narrator invents a machine that would let him see what, in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"?

2. The patient in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" has night rants that are described as extremely what?

3. What refers to a single structure that arises from the ground?

4. Celephais is located in the valley of what?

5. What did the sailor in "Dagon" eventually become addicted to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the narrator's job in the climax of "Polaris"? Where does he go?

3. What does the narrator write about Slater's behavior at the hospital, in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"? What is notable about his dreams?

4. What action takes place in the beginning of "Dagon"? What is the setting?

5. Where does the sailor go after escaping the war ship in "Dagon"? Where does he find himself?

6. What is the setting of "The Doom that Came to Sarnath"? How does the narrator describe the location?

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

8. What happens on the third day the visitors are in Ulthar?

9. What strangers arrive in Ulthar? How are they described in "The Cats of Ulthar"?

10. What happens to Kurane in the ending of "Celephais"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the symbolism, imagery, and religious allusion in "The Cats of Ulthar." How do the gods in this story relate to the deities of the other narratives in the collection?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the people of Sarnath and the creatures of Ib in "The Doom that Came to Sarnath." How does the narrator compare these groups in the story?

Essay Topic 3

What happens to Kurane at the end of "Celephais"? How can this ending be interpreted in different ways?

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