Something Wicked This Way Comes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Miss Foley want to meet Mr. Halloway?

2. What is the man's suit made out of?

3. What kind of novels do Will and Jim choose?

4. How do women ensure their immortality?

5. What does Mr. Halloway see a sculpture of in the window?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jim upset Will at the end of Chapter 21?

2. How do Jim and Will react differently to the carnival poster?

3. What wakes up Jim and Will during the night?

4. What strange things happen as Jim and Will walk through town?

5. What happens when Cooger rides on the carousel?

6. What do Will and Jim think about the boy they see run into Miss Foley's house?

7. What disappoints the boys about the carnival the next day?

8. How does Mr. Halloway react when Will notices him looking at the carnival poster?

9. What does Mr. Halloway see in the shop window?

10. What does Jim decide to do at the end of Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES is part of the horror genre.

1) What are the conventions of the horror genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way does SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

In 1983 SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES was made into a film starring Jason Robards. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant 25 years later? How did the filmmakers adapt the themes to fit in with the new environment? How did these changes affect the meaning of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Bradbury use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main character examine the way Bradbury uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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