The Twilight Zone Companion Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Marc Scott Zicree
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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. After the move, Rod went to work as a staff writer for whom?

2. What did Bob and Rod both like?

3. Fortunately for Serling, ____________________ was still a relatively new medium.

4. Where was the filming of "The Lonely" completed?

5. Eventually, "The Time Element" would end up as _______________ the pilot episode of "The Twilight Zone."

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Houghton refer to "Walking Distance" as one of the best shows created in "The Twilight Zone?"

2. What is the original opening narration?

3. Describe "Escape Clause."

4. Why was Serling able to break into television?

5. What did Rod do after being discharged from the Army?

6. How was "Playhouse 90" a good experience for Serling?

7. Who does Rod want to be the show's producer? Who becomes the producer? Why?

8. Describe "Walking Distance."

9. Why was the production of "Playhouse 90" difficult?

10. What was Houghton's biggest concern for filming "The Lonely?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Time Element," first premiering on the "Desilu Playhouse," was very important.

Part 1) What is "The Time Element?" How was it able to air on on the "Desilu Playhouse?" What does this say about Desi Arnaz?

Part 2) Would "The Time Element" have been later used to create "The Twilight Zone" if it had not bee first aired on the "Desilu Playhouse?" Explain.

Part 3) Why was "The Time Element" such a success? How does his childhood interests play into this success?

Essay Topic 2

When the show was renewed, the format was changed.

Part 1) How was the format prior to the change? How was it changed?

Part 2) Why was the format prior to the change? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

Part 3) Did this change last? Why or why not? How did changes affect the show?

Essay Topic 3

Luckily for Rod, television was still a relatively new medium in 1953.

Part 1) How does this make him lucky? How does television's newness also hurt him?

Part 2) How did "The Twilight Zone" and Rod Serling influence television?

Part 3) What influence of Rod's do you see in television today?

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