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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 the name of the village located near the Black Stone.

2. What is the surname of the narrator's friend?

3. Carnby seems to be most interested in which time period?

4. According to the narrator's friend the nature of time is composed of _____ and angles.

5. The story refers to which ancient great mythical person?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Von Junzt? What was his claim to fame?

2. What book is Carnby asked to translate? Why is the book different from the other versions? What passages interest Carnby the most?

3. Examine the scene in which Blake climbs to the tower of the church. What does Blake see? How is Blake affected? What is Blake's opinion on what happened?

4. Discuss the contents of the documents found by Thurston. Describe the strange reaction people have had by coming in contact with the statue.

5. What does the narrator see during his night by the Black Stone?

6. How does the narrator first learn about the Black Stone? What other information is linked to the Black Stone?

7. What is the supposed history of the Black Stone? Has the theory been proven?

8. Who is the main character in The Haunter of the Dark? Where has this character previously appeared? Where does the character go at the beginning of the story?

9. Who is the main character in The Call of Cthulhu? What is his relationship to the deceased character? How does the initial discovery occur?

10. Describe John Carnby. What kind of work does he do? Where does he live? How is the house described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos" by H. P. Lovecraft is a collection of horror stories written by Lovecraft, his associates and fans. Discuss the common threads used in the stories. Do you think the similarities are planned or accidental? How is the theme of the Cthulhu continued throughout the book? What influence did Lovecraft have on the genre? Who was the most successful writer in the book aside from Lovecraft?

Essay Topic 2

Most, if not all, of the stories come from "Weird Tales." The publication was highly influential in Lovecraft's time. Learn about Weird Tales. Write a 750 word essay on the publication, including its contributors, artists, and the fact that it seemed to be a stepping stone to great success for many authors.

Essay Topic 3

"Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos" by H. P. Lovecraft centers on the legend of the Cthulhu. Examine the Cthulhu and the legends that surround the entities. Why are the Cthulhu referred to as the "Great Ones?" Where is R'lyeh? Why are characters warned to avoid the Cthulhu? What happens when certain characters ignore the warnings? What types of things do the Cthulhu do to humans? Do you believe that such an entity could or does exist? Also examine how the characters come to know about the Cthulhu. Discuss the sailors' tales about their encounters with the Great Ones.

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