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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 when Richard hits the "delete" key?

2. Who is Mr. Nordoff?

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

4. What reasoning does the narrator use for thinking about Maureen from time to time?

5. How many students get together to swim to the raft in the middle of the lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. The narrator seems to follow a theme throughout the story. What is the main theme the narrator displays?

9. "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.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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