Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story 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. How long before the actual Titanic sets sail is "Futility" written?

2. What type of execution is designed in Chapter 34?

3. Where is the traveler sleeping when his van is broken into during Chapter 32's story?

4. How many consecutive years is Snow Man named the horse of the year?

5. Which dictionary is Dr. James Murray hired to edit in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

1. What accidental invention is detailed in "Fall Where They May"?

2. What unusual method for composing operas does Wagner use in "Wagner's Collaborator"?

3. How does a father's change of ways help his son in "Bad, Bad Ed O'Hare"?

4. How does "Chains" discuss a historical saying?

5. How does Harvey describe the life of W.C. Fields?

6. What is the difference between the presumed subject of Chapter 10 and the story's actual subject?

7. Who is "The Reluctant Vampire," and what is his story?

8. What is the irony in Chapter 7?

9. What is the foreshadowing used in "Snow Man"?

10. Why does Edwin carry "The Letter" with him in Chapter 22?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some of the stories in "The Rest of the Story" are meant to be thought provoking and leave the audience with questions of their own.

1) Describe the story about Agatha Christie in Chapter 7 and what her plan might cause the reader to think about.

2) Explain why the story in Chapter 9 about Patrick Henry is thought provoking and the question it raises.

3) Analyze the use of irony in both of the stories in Chapter 7 and Chapter 9.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the use of foreshadowing in "Dr. Pemberton's Pick-Me-Up," "Snow Man," and "Mama's Boys." For each story, provide examples of how and why foreshadowing is the main literary technique used. Include an analysis of any other techniques used as well.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the reasons that accidents can lead to significant discoveries as they are described in the book. Include a detailed analysis of the events that unintentionally brought about the origins of things (ex. paper, Masonite, the game of football, the potato chip, etc.) as well as the value of accidental inventions in general.

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