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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the milkman place on the empty chocolate milk container at the McCarthy home?
(a) A scorpion.
(b) A black widow.
(c) A brown recluse.
(d) A tarantula.

2. Who is said to be a part of the legend associated with the looking glass?
(a) The Bates boy.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) A Pennsylvania rug merchant.
(d) The English Duchess.

3. How did Henry kill himself?
(a) Electrocution.
(b) Overdose.
(c) By shaking hands with himself.
(d) Hanging.

4. Who is giving Nona a hard time when the narrator meets her?
(a) Her pimp.
(b) Four truckers.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her ex boyfriend.

5. What is George Gregson doing in the parlor with his friends in "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands"?
(a) Planning a murder.
(b) Drinking and storytelling.
(c) Enjoying a fire and brandy.
(d) Having dinner.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Rocky do what he did that landed him in jail?

2. What does Rand do as the rescue ship leaves?

3. Where are Nona and the narrator heading?

4. In "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet," what does the party group begin to discuss?

5. How does Davidson feel about the way Henry left?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think the story "For Owen" is about?

2. Identify a simile from "The Reaper's Image" and explain how the simile adds to the description.

3. The milkman in King's short stories is certainly not your ordinary milkman. He spreads death rather than cheer with wholesome milk. What about Spike makes his methods that much more unusual?

4. In "Nona," an innocent and once-upstanding man falls prey to the wiles of a sadistic, evil woman. Giving in to his "darker" side, he performs obscene, despicable acts at the whim of Nona. What do you think King is trying to say with this short story?

5. What type of irony can be found within "Survivor Type"? Be sure to use examples from the text to support your theory.

6. Reg likely suffers from a serious mental illness, yet Henry continues to encourage Reg's fantasies. What do you think was Henry's motivating factor?

7. Gramma is fat, flabby, blind, and smells funny. She also often wears a sly, frightening appearance. Do you think she plays up her frightening aspects to keep the family in line?

8. What is an example of personification in the story "Beachworld"? How does it affect the story? Explain why you chose this example.

9. Rumor had it that Gramma was a witch and apparently became one because she could not carry a baby to term. Do you think Gramma was justified to dabble in witchcraft to attain her dream?

10. At the end of "Nona," the narrator is surrounded by rats, and Nona herself turns into a huge, disgusting rat. The narrator then embraces the rat and indicates that he is planning suicide. What do you think this story is really about?

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