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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 happens after Hal throws the offending item into the lake?

2. To what does King's friend compare the pay King receives for "Word Processer of the Gods"?

3. What does Hal's oldest son find in the attic?

4. What serves as King's main character in his creative writing process?

5. What type of band did the main character in "The Wedding Gig" play in?

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

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 Jaunt," Mark's family is destroyed by Mark's own deception. Given the reasons for his deception, do you think he was justified in his actions.

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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?

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

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

Symbolism is the use of an object, character, figure, place, or color to represent an abstract idea or concept. Stephen King uses symbolism quite readily in his writing. Give three examples of symbolism in "Skeleton Crew" and describe how the use of those symbols makes the story more interesting.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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