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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 visits Carson at the house?
2. What famous author dies in The Terror From the Depths?
3. Which of the languages is not translated into English?
4. What is the name of the main character and narrator?
5. What is the surname of the professor?
Short Essay Questions
1. Paul Lang learns about an ancient manuscript called the Voynich. What does Lang do when he cannot find a copy of the text?
2. Who is Albert Wilmarth? Why is he an important part of the story?
3. Who is Professor Upton Gardner? How does he become involved in the mystery at Rick's Lake?
4. In the story Cold Print, the main character is Strutt. Who is Strutt? What is his personality?
5. After Al and Cissie sail off aboard the yacht, they disappear from the scene. What has happened to Al and Cissie?
6. What was unusual about Georg Fischer's father? What unusual tragedies have happened to Georg Fischer's family?
7. What were some of the things that could serve as proof of the threshold and what lay beyond?
8. Who is Dr. Ambrose Dexter? Why is he important in the story? What does Fiske find when he meets Dexter?
9. Who are Folin and Tony Alwyn? What is their relationship?
10. What happens when Strutt meets the proprietor of the book shop? What is Strutt's reaction?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Time travel is a popular notion in this genre. Time travel allows a character to experience another world, albeit with dangerous or deadly consequences. In "The Hounds of Tindalos," Chalmers claims that he has gone too far when it comes to time travel and that he has alerted the hounds of Tindalos which will ultimately make him pay for his misdeeds. Examine why time travel is a main topic in many horror stories. Explain how it is done in the stories and the characters' motivation for attempting to do it. Also examine the potential dangers in time travel and why the characters choose to ignore the warning signs.
Essay Topic 2
"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.
Essay Topic 3
Several of the stories mention ancient and/or forbidden texts, such as the infamous Necronomicon. Which other texts are mentioned? Which is the most referenced? Which is the most powerful? Does the text actually exist? If so, is the text available to the public? Why do the characters feel compelled to locate the texts? The characters often find the need to translate the texts. In which languages were the texts written? How can one be sure that the text is genuine? How can one be sure that the translation is correct? What might happen if a translation is incorrect? Also discuss the purpose and use of the texts in various stories.
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