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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. How does Hal's youngest son feel about his older brother's discovery?

2. What happens to Rachel when she leans over to touch the object floating on the lake?

3. What does Deke spot on the surface of the lake?

4. What had Mark's son done when the attendants put the mask on him?

5. What did Homer do for the Todd family in his past?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Character development can be difficult in a short story with less opportunity available for detail. What are some examples of well-developed characters within these stories? How does King manage to develop them so thoroughly? Do you think other characters in these stories were less developed? Do you think this detracts from the story?

Essay Topic 2

In "The Mist," human sacrifice is presented as a potential solution to appease the creatures attacking the people in the grocery store? What do you think King is implying about human nature by suggesting this as an option?

Essay Topic 3

An epiphany is a sudden, powerful, and often life changing realization that a character experiences in an otherwise ordinary moment. Can you think of an epiphany in "Word Processor of the Gods"? What is the epiphany? How will it change that character's life?

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