Night Shift Test | 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 first indication that something happened to Artie's hands?

2. What does Calvin discover that is written in code?

3. Who is the narrator of I Am the Doorway?

4. What does Richie drink that starts to change him?

5. What is Charles' tone of voice in the beginning of the story Jerusalem's Lot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ultimately causes Renshaw to die?

2. What is Norman's character in Sometimes They Come Back, and what events in his life might attribute to his behavior?

3. What is the symbolism behind the gray mass that Richie has become?

4. Briefly describe Hall's character from Graveyard Shift.

5. Describe Renshaw's character in Battleground.

6. What implies that the church Charles finds might have belonged to Satan-worshipers?

7. What are Norman's dreams about?

8. What is Artie's decision in the end of I Am the Doorway and what can we conclude about him from this?

9. What do the people inside the diner do in attempts to prepare for long term survival and what happens to them?

10. What theme does The Mangler illustrate and how?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Edgar Allen Poe is considered to be the American writer who invented horror. Many of King's tales have similar traits to Poe's, such as the use of an unreliable narrator to tell a story (The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe) or ending the story so that the reader is left assuming the worst. Research both Poe and King and compare and contrast them as authors. Was King influenced by Poe? What commonalities are there between their tales?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the stories are told in First Person narration. Discuss first person narration as a tool, while comparing and contrasting the first person narrators in the Night Shift.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of family is found in a few of the works in Night Shift. Which stories portray family and in what light? What are the relationships between family members? Compare and contrast the stories, analyzing each in relation to family.

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