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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. What is the name of the technique Annie talks about in relation to the chapter play?

2. Whose court does Annie attend?

3. What is missing from the machine?

4. By the end of Chapter 16, how long had Paul been at the farmhouse?

5. How long did it take to complete the new manuscript?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Annie's opinion of Paul's first draft? To what does she compare it?

2. Describe the scene in which Annie has her first psychotic break with Paul. What does she do?

3. What is going through Paul's mind as Annie explains her point about the "cheat?"

4. How does Paul feel when he tells Annie the book is finished?

5. Paul tries to explain "the gotta" to Annie. What is the gotta?

6. Annie makes a suggestion about Misery's alleged death. What is the suggestion? What is Paul's reaction to the suggestion? What is Annie's reply?

7. Over the next few weeks it is relatively quiet at the Wilkes house. Describe the author's view.

8. How long has it been since Paul was rescued? What is Paul's mental and physical condition?

9. Why is Annie upset at the tax man? What is Paul's explanation?

10. What makes Paul question if Annie is really dead?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Annie meets Paul, she has no idea what is contained in the latest book, 'Misery's Child." Examine Annie's attitude toward Paul before, during, and after the reading of "Misery's Child." What is Annie's original reaction? Is the reaction justified or rational? Discuss.

Essay Topic 2

There are several traditions Paul has when he is on the verge of finishing a book. Discuss at least four of the traditions and why they are important to Paul as a writer.

Essay Topic 3

Paul Sheldon is in tremendous pain after the accident. Discuss the medication Paul receives from Annie. What is the medication? Does the medicine really exist? What type of medication is it? When is Paul given the medication? How much does Annie administer? Where did Annie get the medication? What type of side effects does Paul experience from taking the drugs? What happens if Paul misses a dose?

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