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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. What reasoning does the narrator use for thinking about Maureen from time to time?

2. How much does Mike Scollay offer to pay the band?

3. What does Curt begin to discuss with the poster in his room?

4. What does Brent Norton and his group deny?

5. What did Homer do for the Todd family in his past?

Short Essay Questions

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?

2. What is the implied source of the infestation in "The Mist"? How does he make this implication? What do you think King is trying to say with this implication?

3. What do you think is the importance of Curt's tale of Cain and Abel?

4. In "Word Processor of the Gods," what do you think about Richard's choice of his brother's family over his own? Is a choice made of faithfulness or greed?

5. In "The Mist," what do you think is the underlying message the story conveys to the reader? Cite examples from the story.

6. Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect; an extravagant statement. For example, "The sun was blindingly bright and hotter than ten thousand fires." Give an example of hyperbole from "The Wedding Gig" and give an explanation of why King uses it in this story.

7. Compare/contrast the two rooms in the PAT. Why do you think they are so drastically different?

8. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

9. In what format is "Paranoid: A Chant" written, and what significance does it lend to the story?

10. Why do you think Charles calls the bathroom the basement in "Here There Be Tygers"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The "willing suspension of disbelief" is a formula for justifying the use of fantastic or non-realistic elements in literature where the writer infuses a human interest and a semblance of truth into a fantastic tale, encouraging the reader to suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. The horror genre must often employ this method to keep a reader's interest. Choose an example of willing suspension of disbelief from one of the stories in "Skeleton Crew" and outline how it employs this formula and why it works for this particular tale.

Essay Topic 2

Irony is the discrepancy between expectation and reality. Outline how the events that take place in "The Jaunt" are an example of irony.

Essay Topic 3

Using "Skeleton Crew" as your example, describe how Stephen King's writing style brought new fans to the horror genre. What does he use that most other horror writers don't? How does his incorporation of humor add to his stories? What do you think he does differently than other writers? What seems to be "textbook" about his approach to writing?

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