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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 after Hal throws the offending item into the lake?

2. In what year is "The Wedding Gig" set?

3. What happens when Richard hits the "delete" key?

4. Why do people start refusing to go out into the fog?

5. With what project are the soldiers trapped in the store affiliated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "The Jaunt," Mark's family is destroyed by Mark's own deception. Given the reasons for his deception, do you think he was justified in his actions.

5. 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?

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

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

8. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Personification is the use of human characteristics to describe animals, things, or ideas. King uses this in several of his stories. What are some examples and how do they fall under the heading of "personification"? How does personification add to a story?

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

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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