Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Discuss some of the unifying themes, subjects and genres which comprise the anthology. What is "fantastic fiction" and how does it apply to the book?
2. Describe and discuss the characters and setting of "Blood." Why is Vera's husband not given a name in the story?
3. Discuss the plot and themes in "Fossil-Figures", and compare the brothers Edward and Edgar in the narrative. Who do you relate the most to in the narrative? Why?
4. Discuss the literary style of author Neil Gaiman and analyze the characters and setting of "The Truth is...
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