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. What instrument is played by the older woman?

2. What is the name of the doomed man?

3. What is the name of the marionette used in the story?

4. What is the profession of the men?

5. What is the name of the building?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the difference between the two men at the beach in "The Shoreline at Sunset."

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

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

4. 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.

5. What is the reaction of the people when a girl talks about a woman being buried alive in "The Screaming Woman?"

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

7. Tell the story of Margot in "All Summer in a Day."

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

9. In "The Best of All Possible Worlds," two men meet on a commuter train.

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

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

Children are routinely portrayed as innocents. Unfortunately, that also means that children in many of the stories are discounted or disbelieved, particularly if the stories they tell are fantastic. Some examples include "Homecoming," "The Screaming Woman," and "Black Ferris." Discuss Bradbury's use of children in his stories, why they are important, and how the characters add a new dimension to the other characters as well as the plots.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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