The Shining 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 does Jack feel about Danny going into Room 217?

2. What would Jack do to the topiary animals if he owned the Overlook?

3. What is Jack's conclusion as the reason he called Ullman?

4. What is Jack thinking as he gazes at the wasp nest?

5. How many guest rooms in the Overlook?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the changes Wendy notices in Jack that cause her to worry so much about him?

2. What scares Jack as he turns to look at the topiary from the playground?

3. What does Danny's mother tell him about Tony?

4. What happens to terrify Danny as he contemplates opening the door to Room 217?

5. Why does Wendy change her mind about divorcing Jack?

6. What does Danny imagine is outside his window after Tony warns him not to go to the hotel?

7. What does Wendy assume happened to Danny when she sees the red welts around his neck and how does she react?

8. When Danny comes out of his comatose state, he screams for his Daddy. What does he say and what assumption does Jack make?

9. What does Danny see on the wallpaper as Ullman gives the Torrance's a tour of the Overlook?

10. What incident occurs at the school Jack formerly taught that gives the reader an idea of Jack's temper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Discuss how Jack Torrance's character changes from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How does his attitude change toward his family?

3) How does his attitude toward his fathering techniques change?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward the way his father treated his mother differ from the beginning to the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Jack is afraid of being like his father.

1) Describe the accomplishments Jack achieves in his lifetime that makes him different from his father.

2) Explain why Jack's actions in the final sections of the story turn his fears about being like his father into reality.

Essay Topic 3

1) What is the message King is trying to convey about alcohol and abuse in the novel?

2) Does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the members of the Torrance family?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life?

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