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 does John Tell find out about Jannings at the end of "Sneakers"?

2. Where does John Tell always see some sneakers?

3. What is unusual about the policemen's observation of the bathroom in "The Moving Finger"?

4. What is the name of the boy who taunts Miss Sidley?

5. Where do murders take place in "Night Flier"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Robinson execute his plan to kill Dolan?

3. Describe the character of Miss Sidley.

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

5. How does the father of Martha's child change in her eyes in "Dedication"?

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

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

8. How does Howard try to get rid of the finger in "The Moving Finger"?

9. Describe the property that Newall buys and what his plans are in "It Grows On You."

10. How is Sheridan surprised in "Popsy"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Head Down" is a nonfiction piece about a Little League baseball team's endeavor to win the Eastern Regional Championships in 1989. How are the children treated in practice and in games? What are the two things they are told that are most important about playing sports? How do they enforce those two rules about playing sports? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "Night Flier," Dees, the investigative reporter for The Inside View, has very cynical views about everything. What is cynicism? How does he display this cynicism in the beginning of the story, and how does his cynicism slowly crumble throughout the story? How does his discovery of the reality of vampires potentially shake his entire belief system? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

Essay Topic 3

In the horror story, "The Moving Finger," the story relies heavily on suspense building up to a climax. What is the climax of the story, and what does it demonstrate? How does it emphasize Howard's state of mind? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

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