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. Why is Jack feeling sympathy for Ullman as he says his goodbyes?

2. What is it that scares Danny before his shine ends at the curb?

3. What does Jack dream his father tells him through the radio?

4. What is the outcome of Jack's attack on George Hatfield?

5. What occurs at the scenic turnout?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jack's gut reaction once Mr. Ullman leaves the Overlook and the Torrance family is left alone?

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

3. Describe the Overlook's cook, Halloran.

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

5. What incident occurs that causes Jack to dislike the Overlook Hotel?

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

7. Why does Jack call Mr. Ullman?

8. Why does Wendy decide to make Danny an appointment for a physical in Sidewinder?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Compare Jack Torrance's thoughts and ideas as he gives up drinking in the first section of the novel, to his thoughts when he goes to the Colorado Lounge to talk to Lloyd and Mr. Grady.

2) How does he feel about his family in each of the two parts of the novel?

3) How do her views toward punishment and abuse change from before he lives at the Overlook to after?

Essay Topic 2

1) Analyze the resolution of the story as it relates to each of the characters in the novel.

2) Explain the metamorphosis each of them experiences in the final chapter.

3) Describe how the image of Danny's fishing gives hope to both the reader and the surviving characters.

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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