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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 is different about Ophelia every time she returns from one of her trips?

2. How must the passengers make the jaunt?

3. When Hal was a child, what happened to his friends during the time he was in possession of the item his son found in the attic?

4. What does Randy do when LaVerne is attacked?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. "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.

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The general atmosphere created in a story is often referred to as "tone." Identify the tone of the following short stories and describe how it adds or detracts from the story itself:

1. "The Mist"

2. "The Reaper's Image"

3. "For Owen"

4. Either of the "Milkman" stories

5. "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut"

Essay Topic 3

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?

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