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

2. Who is Mike Scollay?

3. What does Charles encounter in the bathroom?

4. What does Randy do after 24 hours alone?

5. What is the name of the boy sent to retrieve Charles in "Here There Be Tygers"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. "Word Processor of the Gods" could fit into several different genres. Which genre do you think it fits into best and why?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A simile is a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as, as in "How like the winter hath my absence been" or "So are you to my thoughts as food to life." Recall a simile used in "The Mist" and explain why it seems more descriptive than the usual mundane expression of simple adjectives.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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