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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 Elizabeth's roommate concerned about?
2. What does Larry think back on in The Last Rung of the Ladder?
3. Which president is mentioned in The Man Who Loved Flowers?
4. Who is the first person narrator in One For the Road?
5. What ailment does the man who enters the bar in One for the Road have?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does "strawberry spring" refer to?
2. What type of person is Stan Norris in The Ledge?
3. What does the ledge symbolize in the story The Ledge?
4. What is the main purpose of The Man Who Loved Flowers?
5. Why does Harold stop mowing his lawn and what causes him to hire someone to mow it again later in The Lawnmower Man?
6. In Quitters, Inc. what sight causes Morrison to want to go to the police and not accept the program he signed up for?
7. What is Harold horrified to learn about the man he hired to mow his lawn in The Lawnmower Man?
8. How can The Woman in the Room still be considered a horror story though it is not the traditional kind?
9. What decision does Johnny struggle with in The Woman in the Room?
10. What evidence points to the narrator of Strawberry Spring being the serial killer?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Several of the stories in Night Shift have narrators that the reader is led to believe might be unreliable, but later realize the narrator could be telling the truth. Discuss the concept of using the narrator as a tool to tell a story and the idea behind having an unreliable narrator, using examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
Evil and demonic possession are another common element in horror tales. Many of the stories portray the idea of evil in some shape or form. Discuss what evil is and how something qualifies as being evil. Then compare and contrast the tales that carry the element of evil through either a character, event or location.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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