Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Test | Final 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. In what year did Bowen purchase the Free-Will Church?

2. What is the name of Gardner's secretary?

3. What is the name of the lake where the force supposedly resides?

4. Which of the following adjectives is not used to describe the teacher?

5. What is the name of the main character and narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Willie sent to Uncle Fred and Aunt Lucy's farm? What does Willie find that frightens him?

2. Paul Lang learns about an ancient manuscript called the Voynich. What does Lang do when he cannot find a copy of the text?

3. What happens when Strutt meets the proprietor of the book shop? What is Strutt's reaction?

4. Who is Professor Upton Gardner? How does he become involved in the mystery at Rick's Lake?

5. What item has deeply affected Josiah Alwyn? What is Grandfather Alwyn's obsession?

6. What were some of the things that could serve as proof of the threshold and what lay beyond?

7. In the story Cold Print, the main character is Strutt. Who is Strutt? What is his personality?

8. Why does the quest for Lang and Urquart seem fruitless and hopeless?

9. Who are Phillip and Julian Haughtree? What is their profession? What happens to Julian? What is the cause of Julian's issue? What happens to Julian regarding medical care?

10. What was unusual about Georg Fischer's father? What unusual tragedies have happened to Georg Fischer's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several examples of what might be considered as "fan fiction." An excellent example is "The Shadow from the Steeple" in which the author continues a story that was started by Lovecraft. Discuss the purpose of fan fiction. Is it considered to be stealing or flattery? What might an author think about fan fiction? Do you think including the story in the collection is a sign of approval?

Essay Topic 2

Several of the texts, including the Necronomicon and De Vermis Mysteriis, are written in Arabic. Some also include Greek and Latin phrases, sections or entire versions. The ones seeking the ancient forbidden texts are often hindered by the inability to read the language. In the case of "The Return of the Sorcerer," John Carnby hires Ogden as a translator for the texts. Discuss the translation. Do you think that Ogden is capable of translating the text in its entirety? How might the texts pose a problem for a translator? What if one or more passages are translated incorrectly? What happens when a translator reads passages aloud? What if the words are taken out of context or have dual meanings? What happens to each character involved in the translation?

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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