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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 is in the eighth room of the circus?

2. What does the narrator do when he finds the men who may have been his father?

3. Who suggests that the young man should try writing fantasy instead?

4. What is this person traveling to present a paper on?

5. At a cafe, how does the narrator identify himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there a 'bad guy' in the story 'A Study in Emerald'?

2. Describe the steps that lead up to the narrator taking the professor's identity.

3. Describe the character of Miss Finch.

4. Describe the things that happen to the character Amelia Earnshawe in 'Forbidden Brides...'

5. Why does the poet cast aside all his possessions and his old life in the poem 'Going Wodwo'?

6. In the last story in 'Strange Little Girls,' two alternate stories are offered about a woman who lived during the war. Which one offers the happier ending?

7. Is the playhouse evil or magical, or was it just the narrator's imagination?

8. Why is November upset at the end of the story, and how does October cheer him up?

9. How do the characteristics and personalities of the months in the story 'October in the Chair' reflect the different months of the year?

10. Is Amelia a sympathetic character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose and worth of fiction? Why are stories important? Discuss how the author deals with these questions in his stories and poems.

Essay Topic 2

How many of the stories and poems in this collection are horror stories? Why do you consider them to be horror stories? How has the author used language, structure, pace, and symbolism to create a scary or creepy atmosphere? Are these conventional horror stories or something a bit different?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss lessons in the stories and poems in this collection. Which poems and stories contain a moral? What kinds of morals or lessons are taught, and are they repeated in different stories? Do you think this is the author's own view?

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