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. What is on Hickory Street?

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

3. What attraction does Miss Foley go to?

4. What is arriving in town that night?

5. What kind of song does Mr. Halloway hear a man humming?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does the witch play in Chapter 43?

2. What does the customer talk to Mr. Halloway about when he enters the bar?

3. How does Jim react when he enters the Mirror Maze?

4. What does the lightning rod look like?

5. What does Miss Foley think about the mirrors in her house?

6. How do Jim and Will react differently when Robert invites them to come to the carnival with him?

7. How does Mr. Halloway kill Mr. Dark?

8. What does Mr. Halloway tell Will about being good?

9. What does Miss Foley say she saw in the Mirror Maze?

10. How does Mr. Halloway get the crowd on his side?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

How does the carnival play on people's fears and desires? Why does Bradbury suggest that fulfilling your deepest desires can be dangerous? Do you think the characters could fulfill their desires in other ways? How do you think the characters could face up to their fears?

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