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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 third girl whom the narrator speaks to say that she is?

2. What does Eddie do?

3. How does the narrator know Vic?

4. What mild deformity does the girl have?

5. What was written on the postcard that the narrator found?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think happened to Becky at the end of the story?

2. Do you think Miss Corvier is supernatural or a normal but disturbed human?

3. What is the 'problem of Susan'?

4. Why are the machines interested in the narrator?

5. Describe the narrator's attempts to find Scarlet in 'Pages from a Journal...'

6. What kind of beings are Wain's Wain and the second girl whom Enn talks to?

7. Why does Triolet say that she is a poem?

8. How does the father in 'Locks' interpret the story differently from his two-year-old child?

9. Describe the character of Harlequin.

10. Describe how the disease progresses in Disease Maker's Croup.

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of evil and monsters in the poems and stories in this collection. Pay particular attention to the stories 'Keepsakes and Treasures,' 'How Do You Think it Feels?' and 'The Monarch of the Glen." Also, bring in any other stories and poems you like as well. What does the author have to say about evil and human nature? Do you agree with him?

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