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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 much does Mike Scollay offer to pay the band?

2. What happens when Richard hits the "delete" key?

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

4. Who is Mike Scollay?

5. Who is Maureen?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Personification is the use of human characteristics to describe animals, things, or ideas. King uses this in several of his stories. What are some examples and how do they fall under the heading of "personification"? How does personification add to a story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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