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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 much does Mike Scollay offer to pay the band?

2. What does Brent Norton and his group deny?

3. Who takes the gas first in "The Jaunt"?

4. Where is "The Wedding Gig" set?

5. Who is Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods"?

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. In "Here There Be Tygers", Charles returns to his classroom casually after the deaths of his teacher and classmate. What do you think this implies about what Charles has just experienced?

3. What is the basic conflict expressed in "The Monkey"? Is there an implied winner? If so, whom or what?

4. 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.

5. What do you think Mike Scollay was implying when he told the coronet player that he was going to have to play loud?

6. 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?

7. In "The Monkey," what does the stuffed creature represent to Hal? What fears does it reawaken within him?

8. The narrator seems to follow a theme throughout the story. What is the main theme the narrator displays?

9. "The Wedding Gig" is rife with metaphors, figures of speech in which an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. For example, "Love is a rose" is a metaphor. Identify a metaphor from "The Wedding Gig" and identify the two things being compared.

10. What is the significance of the "Execute" button on the word processor, and how does Richard feel when looking at that button for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A simile is a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as, as in "How like the winter hath my absence been" or "So are you to my thoughts as food to life." Recall a simile used in "The Mist" and explain why it seems more descriptive than the usual mundane expression of simple adjectives.

Essay Topic 2

Stephen King is most well-known for his horror novels and stories. The majority of the stories contained within "Skeleton Crew" are no exception. However, there are a few stories which do not fall within King's typical genre. What do you think King's purpose was in including these off-genre stories in a book that is obviously intended to be horror?

Essay Topic 3

The plot is the arrangement of ideas and incidents that make up a story. The plot is important. Choose two stories from "Skeleton Crew," identify the plot, and outline the methods King uses to develop that plot.

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