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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 serves as King's main character in his creative writing process?

2. How does Randy revive LaVerne?

3. What is the name of the boy sent to retrieve Charles in "Here There Be Tygers"?

4. What does Maureen do after the confrontation between Mike and the Greek?

5. Where does the narrator of "Paranoid: A Chant" believe he cannot go?

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. 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.

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

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

5. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

6. What seems to be the factor linking Mrs. Todd and Homer?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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 2

"Nona" is a story about a man who seems to be under the influence of an odd woman named Nona. Under her influence, he commits murder like he's been doing it all of his life. At the end of the story, Nona turns into a rat and the narrator leaves a suicide note. What do you think King's plot is in this story? Following the winding, sometimes foggy, storyline is at times difficult. What do you think the point of the story is, and what is the point of the narrator's suicide?

Essay Topic 3

In "The Mist," human sacrifice is presented as a potential solution to appease the creatures attacking the people in the grocery store? What do you think King is implying about human nature by suggesting this as an option?

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