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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 Seth to Richard Hagstrom?

2. Who is Lina to Richard Hagstrom?

3. What ultimately happens to Charles's teacher?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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.

7. "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.

8. Why do you think King bases his entire introduction on a seemingly mundane conversation with a friend?

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

10. In "Here There Be Tygers", Charles returns to his classroom casually after the deaths of his teacher and classmate. What do you think this implies about what Charles has just experienced?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The horror genre is one of the most uncomplicated forms of entertainment and is characterized by the author's effort to produce fear in the reader through the use of antagonists such as monsters, ghosts, or even feral animals. The basic concept is the same: the hero must fight against horrific forces for his life and often his soul. Choose one of the stories in "Skeleton Crew" and explain how it fits into the horror genre and how it follows the horror genre formula.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet," Henry is troubled by his strange friendship with an author named Thorpe. Almost as a joke, Henry encouraged Thorpe's paranoia about Fornits, tiny elf-like creatures. How did Henry's encouragement of Thorpe's fantasy lead to that fantasy invading Henry's life as well?

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