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 is the name of the woman's nephew?

2. The boy remembers his friend _____ who had died the previous summer.

3. What topic fascinates the group?

4. What is the name of the man repeatedly hit with micrometeorites in "Kaleidoscope?"

5. In "The Last Night of the World" how do the people feel about the upcoming event?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Walter Gripp's situation in "The Silent Towns." What has upset Walter? What does he do about it? What is the outcome?

2. Describe the plot of the story "The Fog Horn."

3. "The Big Black and White Game" tells a story about a segregated baseball game. Describe the players on each team.

4. "Hail and Farewell" tells the story of William, a twelve-year old boy who does not age. Discuss William's unique situation and his solution to the problem of where to live.

5. What becomes of Richard because of his jealousy?

6. What is the main issue with Mr. Harris, the protagonist in "Skeleton?"

7. "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?

8. What is the problem with the new resident in "The Man Upstairs?" How is the problem resolved?

9. Describe the main plot of "The Coffin."

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several stories in which machines and other inanimate objects come to life. Choose at least five instances in the book that fit this profile. Compare and contrast each. Is each of the inanimate objects harmful? Are any of the inanimate objects metaphors? Explain. What type of personification does Bradbury use if any? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Bradbury tends to use the emotion of fear in many of his stories. Why? How does fear challenge a person? How does fear change the way a person acts and thinks? Do the aliens in the stories always play on a person's fear? Do people tend to make situations worse when they act through fear? Explain. Give specific examples from the text.

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