The Stories of Ray Bradbury 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. "The Black Ferris" tells the story of a magical Ferris wheel that alters a rider's ____.

2. What does an aqueduct typically carry?

3. Where does the story take place?

4. "The Tombling Day" deals with activities that take place in which location?

5. Which famous author was often referred to as Papa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unusual fact about a victim is discovered by the ambulance drivers in "Long After Midnight?"

2. What is the plan put into motion by Doug in "The Utterly Perfect Murder?" What is the outcome?

3. Discuss the unusual personality disorder of Fabian in "And So Died Riabouchinska." How does the disorder affect the story?

4. "Night Call, Collect" tells the story of which character? What is the character's problem?

5. In "The Happiness Machine" Leo Auffmann invents a happiness machine. Describe the machine and was it does for the users. Also examine the opinion of Mrs. Auffmann.

6. Discuss the plot of n "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit." Who is involved? What do the people learn?

7. In "The October Game" what is the relationship between Mich and Louise Wilder? What Actions does Mich take to hurt his wife?

8. Discuss the life span of the characters in "Frost and Fire" and why it is unusual.

9. Who uses "The Black Ferris" as a means of manipulation? How and why is this feat enacted?

10. Discuss the bizarre inscriptions discussed in "The Inspired Chicken Motel" and how they affect a family.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some characters that stand out in relation to unsatisfactory relationships are Mrs. Braling in "Marionettes, Inc.;" Genevieve in "The Silent Towns;" The Wilders in "The October Game;" and George and Katherine in "Punishment Without Crime." Choose two of the stories and compare and contrast the stories, the relationships and the characters involved.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In various stories Bradbury uses a background story of a space ship that has somehow become inoperable for some reason. Explain why this is a convenient way to explain the presence of aliens on another planet. Explain in detail Bradbury's reasons for the downed space craft and why they may not be able to be repaired. In the case of "Frost and Fire" the space ship repair was relatively easy. Explain how Bradbury may make a different use of the space ship.

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