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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. In "The Mist," what precipitates the thick fog?

2. Who has passed away in "The Monkey," prompting family members to clean the home?

3. Where is the setting of "The Raft"?

4. Curt has a poster of whom on his wall?

5. Where does Mike originally find the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

6. In "The Raft," Deke twice stops Randy from attempting to save Rachel. Was this the right thing to do, given the circumstances?

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

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

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

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

King's stories and novels often seem to convey a lesson or moral. Give examples of some of the lessons contained within the stories in "Skeleton Crew." What do you think King was trying to say in these instances? In such a genre, do you think a moral is often the purpose of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Charles seems to be a boy with a very active imagination. In "Here There Be Tygers," what appears to be the motivating factor for Charles's tiger lurking in the bathroom (or basement as he calls it)? Is it fear, revenge, motivation, or possibly something else that makes the tiger real for him?

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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