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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 did Hal think had happened to the item his oldest son has found?

2. What type of band did the main character in "The Wedding Gig" play in?

3. To what destination is Mark taking his family by way of the jaunt?

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

5. Who is Mr. Nordoff?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What do you think Mike Scollay was implying when he told the coronet player that he was going to have to play loud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The "willing suspension of disbelief" is a formula for justifying the use of fantastic or non-realistic elements in literature where the writer infuses a human interest and a semblance of truth into a fantastic tale, encouraging the reader to suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. The horror genre must often employ this method to keep a reader's interest. Choose an example of willing suspension of disbelief from one of the stories in "Skeleton Crew" and outline how it employs this formula and why it works for this particular tale.

Essay Topic 2

Taking into consideration the volume of work involved in this book, how do you analyze the format of "Notes." Is this really the ending you expect from Stephen King? Do you think King's unpredictability is part of his charm?

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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