Nightmares & Dreamscapes 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 grade does Miss Sidley teach?

2. Who investigates the story of the Night Flier?

3. Who finds the journalist at the end of "Night Flier"?

4. What does Robinson do to prepare for his plan?

5. What does Sheridan agree to do in order to pay back money he owes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Peter Jefferies from "Dedication."

2. What similarities are there between Martha's son and Peter Jefferies in "Dedication"?

3. In "It Grows On You," how does Joe Newall die, and what are some possible reasons why?

4. In "The End of the Whole Mess," what is Bobby's plan to save the world?

5. What is the story behind the sneakers in "Sneakers"?

6. What do the hitchhiker's actions reveal in "Chattery Teeth"?

7. How do the teeth in "Chattery Teeth" show loyalty to Bill Hogan?

8. What change does Miss Sidley see in her students, and what does she eventually do about it?

9. Describe the finger in "The Moving Finger" and who sees it.

10. Describe the scene of the bathroom when policemen arrive in "The Moving Finger."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Dolan's Cadillac" employs many themes that interact with each other such as revenge and obsession. How does "Dolan's Cadillac" portray the themes of obsession and revenge? Whose life is consumed with obsession and revenge, and why? How does this character act on his obsession? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Umney's Last Case" is set in 1930s Los Angeles, but Landry writes that fictional setting while he is actually in 1994. How do the two settings and time periods compare? Why would Landry prefer Umney's fictional setting? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

Essay Topic 3

"Suffer the Little Children" is about a teacher, Miss Sidley, who sees changes in her students. What kind of person is Miss Sidley? How does she become a murderer by the end of the story? Are her actions caused by real evil that she sees, or are they caused by her delusions of evil? Why or why not? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

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