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 does Mr. Coogar turn into?

2. What do Jim and Will usually use to communicate to each other during the night?

3. Who does Will say is dead?

4. Where do Will and Jim find the 12-year-old boy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the salesman find out whose house the storm will hit?

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

3. What is strange about the carousel?

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

5. What story do Will and Jim tell the lightning rod salesman?

6. What does Mr. Halloway think is the difference between Jim and Will?

7. What scares Jim and Will about the train?

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

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

10. How do Jim and Will react differently to meeting Robert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Bradbury writes SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES in the third person. Why do you think Bradbury chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would of changed if Bradbury wrote it in the first person?

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