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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. At what location do Homer and the narrator for "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" sit and swap stories?

2. In "The Mist," what precipitates the thick fog?

3. How must the passengers make the jaunt?

4. What does the narrator believe in "Paranoid: A Chant"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. While Randy is trying to save Deke from being sucked between the cracks in the raft by the black, oil-like creature, what is Randy doing to try and stay sane through the unbelievable situation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What is the significance of the "Execute" button on the word processor, and how does Richard feel when looking at that button for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Setting is often a major contributing factor to the mood of a story or novel. However, many of King's stories in this book do not stress setting as much as character. Are there any stories in which the setting is an important factor to the mood? If so, which ones and why? How does King use his characters rather than the setting to set the mood in his stories?

Essay Topic 3

"Nona" is a story about a man who seems to be under the influence of an odd woman named Nona. Under her influence, he commits murder like he's been doing it all of his life. At the end of the story, Nona turns into a rat and the narrator leaves a suicide note. What do you think King's plot is in this story? Following the winding, sometimes foggy, storyline is at times difficult. What do you think the point of the story is, and what is the point of the narrator's suicide?

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