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. Who does Will say is dead?

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

3. Who does Miss Foley say she saw in the Mirror Maze?

4. What does Will hear his father muttering?

5. What does Mr. Coogar turn into?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How do Will and Jim react when the salesman tells them the storm will hit Jim's house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine good and evil in the novel.

1) In what way does Jim represent neither good nor bad in the novel? How does this result in a power struggle between the carnival and Jim's friend, Will?

2) What does say about Bradbury's ideas that God and religion does not seem to hurt Mr. Dark?

3) What is Bradbury's definition of evil?

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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