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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 Johnny's mother ask him to sneak her sometimes?
2. What does Johnny find in his mother's medicine cabinet?
3. Where does Johnny leave the pill bottle?
4. What does "strawberry spring" refer to?
5. What do Burt and Vicky discover about the child that they run down in the street?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has ironically turned into a source of danger in One for the Road and how?
2. What does Children of the Corn suggest cornfields are a symbol of?
3. Why does Harold stop mowing his lawn and what causes him to hire someone to mow it again later in The Lawnmower Man?
4. What type of person is Stan Norris in The Ledge?
5. What is the main purpose of The Man Who Loved Flowers?
6. What do people think about the young man in The Man Who Loved Flowers and is their assumption correct?
7. What is the basic premise of I Know What You Need?
8. What convinces Morrison to quit smoking?
9. How does marital discord influence the story in Children of the Corn?
10. In Quitters, Inc. what sight causes Morrison to want to go to the police and not accept the program he signed up for?
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
The death of the main character is common in horror stories. Compare and contrast the deaths of several characters in Night Shift. Why did the character die and how? What purpose did the death serve and what message does it send to the reader?
Essay Topic 3
Many of the stories in Night Shift have a film adaptation. Analyze what elements of the stories lend themselves to be translated to film. Are the messages as clear? Does film make the story clearer, or change it altogether? How and why?
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