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 do the two boys go after supper?

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

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

4. What month does the novel begin in?

5. Why are Will and Jim surprised by the carnival?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the prologue say about months of a year from a boy's point of view?

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

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

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

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

6. What does the lightning rod salesman think about the woman he sees in the shop window?

7. What scares Jim and Will about the train?

8. What shocking things do Will and Jim see when they go back to the carnival with the police?

9. What is Mr Dark's new act?

10. What are Jim and Will's feelings about the Mirror Maze?

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

Examine Bradbury's representation of carnival people and their lives.

1) How are carnival people's lives and beliefs different from average people's beliefs?

2) Why does Bradbury represent carnival people as evil?

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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