The Stories of Ray Bradbury 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. What do the two towns compete in building in the tale "The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind?"

2. Where do Marie and Joseph go on vacation?

3. How much did it cost to install the new system?

4. In which state does the boy live?

5. How old is the character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Hollis during his free fall in space? How does the story end for Hollis?

2. What becomes of Richard because of his jealousy?

3. How does the Erickson family come across the farmhouse? How do they claim the old house?

4. The birth of a child is usually a joyous thing. What goes wrong with the Leiber baby in "The Small Assassin?"

5. What is the purpose of the City? Who built it?

6. In "The Last Night of the World" several people have the same dream. What is the dream and what is the combined reaction of the people?

7. What is the purpose of Benjy's visit in "The Great Wide World over There?"

8. "The Veldt" tells a story about the Hadley family. What unusual thing has the family done to their house? What part of the house proves to be the most significant?

9. In the story "Invisible Boy" how does the woman attempt to get Charlie to stay with her instead of going home? How does the woman do it?

10. Explain the situation that plagues Timothy Elliot in "Homecoming." Why does Timothy feel like an outcast?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Make a comparison of the stories contained within the book to the productions in the Ray Bradbury Theater as well as full length feature films. Do the films and plays live up to Bradbury's writing and visions. Explain similarities, differences, and explain your preferences.

Essay Topic 2

One theme in the book is the old adage "Be careful what you wish for." This can be seen in "Silent Towns" and "Marionettes, Inc." in addition to others. Discuss how this choice of theme is a popular one and how Bradbury uses it to relate to his audience. Also give examples of things you wished for, received, and regretted.

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail the personification of aliens in the stories. Why does Bradbury feel it is important to give human (or non-human) qualities to the aliens? How are the aliens characterized and/or personified differently than the humans in the stories? Explain.

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