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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 the sailor in "Dagon" find on the monolith on the island?

2. Once the narrator hooks his machine to the patient, in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," he sees a world made of what?

3. What was the sailor taken aboard as prisoner in "Dagon"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrative style of "Dagon." What is the voice of the narration?

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

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

4. When does Joe Slater come to the hospital in "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"? How is Slater described?

5. Who is the protagonist of "The White Ship"? Where is he when the story begins?

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

7. What happens to the narrator, in the ending of "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"? Where does the light being go?

8. Where is the monolith in "Dagon"? What does the sailor find there?

9. How long is the hero's journey to Cathuria in "The White Ship"? What happens in the end of the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Crawford Tillinghast's machine in "From Beyond." What is the character's theory about the pineal gland? How feasible is this theory?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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