Skeleton Crew Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 happens to Rachel when she leans over to touch the object floating on the lake?

2. What does Randy do after 24 hours alone?

3. What prompts Homer's story on this day?

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

5. What did Hal think had happened to the item his oldest son has found?

Short Essay Questions

1. The creator of the teleportation device used in the jaunt first experimented with mice. What is the significance of the first trip taken by the mice?

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

3. What significance does the word processor hold for Richard after Jon's death?

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

5. 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?

6. "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.

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

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

9. What seems to be the catalyst for Curt's break in sanity?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Taking into consideration the volume of work involved in this book, how do you analyze the format of "Notes." Is this really the ending you expect from Stephen King? Do you think King's unpredictability is part of his charm?

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