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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 does Maureen do after the confrontation between Mike and the Greek?

2. What does Richard realize about the word processor?

3. How does Randy revive LaVerne?

4. Who is the subject of Homer's story?

5. How many students get together to swim to the raft in the middle of the lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. "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.

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. While Randy is trying to save Deke from being sucked between the cracks in the raft by the black, oil-like creature, what is Randy doing to try and stay sane through the unbelievable situation?

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

5. Homer compares Mrs. Todd to several goddesses. What is the purpose of this comparison?

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

7. "Word Processor of the Gods" could fit into several different genres. Which genre do you think it fits into best and why?

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Character development can be difficult in a short story with less opportunity available for detail. What are some examples of well-developed characters within these stories? How does King manage to develop them so thoroughly? Do you think other characters in these stories were less developed? Do you think this detracts from the story?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Setting is often a major contributing factor to the mood of a story or novel. However, many of King's stories in this book do not stress setting as much as character. Are there any stories in which the setting is an important factor to the mood? If so, which ones and why? How does King use his characters rather than the setting to set the mood in his stories?

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