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. In "The Inspired Chicken Motel" which item bears a strange inscription?

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

3. What word best describes the physical appearance of the woman?

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

5. In "The Haunting of the New," takes place mainly in what type of building?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Better Part of Wisdom" what does the grandfather decide to do when he learns he is on death's door?

2. Describe the plot in "A Story of Love."

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

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

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

6. Why is Joseph resentful toward Marie in "Interval in Sunlight?"

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

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

9. What is the relationship between Anna Marie and Roger in "Some Live Like Lazarus?" How does the relationship evolve?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write full and detailed character descriptions of five of Bradbury's main characters. Compare and contrast their personalities and how they react under pressure. How are they alike? What are the biggest differences?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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