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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. Who is Lina to Richard Hagstrom?

2. What is the name of the teacher in "Here There Be Tygers"?

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

4. Where does Mike originally find the narrator?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. "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.

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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.

8. In "The Mist," what do you think is the underlying message the story conveys to the reader? Cite examples from the story.

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

10. 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?

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

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

Symbolism is the use of an object, character, figure, place, or color to represent an abstract idea or concept. Stephen King uses symbolism quite readily in his writing. Give three examples of symbolism in "Skeleton Crew" and describe how the use of those symbols makes the story more interesting.

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