Skeleton Crew Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the purpose of King's use of a "Wouldn't it be funny if . . . ?" beginning to his short stories? What do you think this method adds to or detracts from his stories?

King states that he enjoys basing his stories on the "Wouldn't it be funny if . . . ?" perspective. This phrase leaves so many possibilities wide open that King has a wide scope of subjects to choose from. It adds an interesting aspect to the story, especially if one considers how the possibility of another direction would affect the outcome.

2. Why do you think King bases his entire introduction on a seemingly mundane conversation with a friend?

King appears to enjoy finding interesting things in the most mundane situations. King makes it interesting by tying it in with his creation of the short stories.

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