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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 Charles doing when his teacher comes looking for him?

2. In what month does "The Raft" take place?

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

4. How did Richard get the word processor?

5. What ultimately happens to Charles's teacher?

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

3. What is the purpose of King's use of a "Wouldn't it be funny if . . . ?" beginning to his short stories? What do you think this method adds to or detracts from his stories?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. In "Here There Be Tygers", Charles returns to his classroom casually after the deaths of his teacher and classmate. What do you think this implies about what Charles has just experienced?

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

Stephen King is most well-known for his horror novels and stories. The majority of the stories contained within "Skeleton Crew" are no exception. However, there are a few stories which do not fall within King's typical genre. What do you think King's purpose was in including these off-genre stories in a book that is obviously intended to be horror?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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