Misery Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Paul often pictures Annie in the courtroom. Describe the scene. Why is Annie in court? Has she been charged, indicted or convicted of a crime? If so, what? Where is the courtroom? Who else is present? What is Annie's demeanor? Why does the image seem to haunt Paul? Is the courtroom scene a fabrication of Paul's imagination, or is it accurate? What does Annie tell Paul about the trial? What is the outcome? How does it affect Annie both personally and professionally?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Paul's view on the Misery books. What is Paul's opinion on the books that have made him so rich and famous? What is Paul's plan for Misery? How does Annie change Paul's views? Also discuss Paul's new book, "Fast Cars." Compare and contrast it with the Misery series. Why does Paul want to switch genres? Do you think "Fast Cars" will be as successful as the Misery series? Explain.

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