The Veldt 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. Who says: “Nothing likes to die—even a room”?

2. When Mr. and Mrs. Hadley scream, they realize why the screams they heard before sound familiar. Why is this?

3. What does Dr. McClean suggest George and Lydia do to change the path they’re on?

4. To whom does the item belong?

5. What is the wife’s name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lydia say, “The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid”?

2. What does Lydia think is wrong with her life?

3. How does the nursery change once George and Lydia enter?

4. Where are George and Lydia Hadley?

5. Explain how the nursery reflects the children’s psyches.

6. How do Peter and Wendy trick George and Lydia into the nursery?

7. Why does George cave and turn the nursery on for just “one more minute”?

8. How does Peter accidentally confess that they have, in fact, been conjuring Africa?

9. What is odd about the children when Dr.McClean arrives?

10. Why aren’t Wendy and Peter at dinner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define plot and include the definitions of the most important elements of a plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not? Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Veldt, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Give a brief synopsis of any important sub-plots.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used in almost all works of fiction.

What is foreshadowing? Identify three instances of foreshadowing in The Veldt and what they foreshadow? How does foreshadowing contribute to a story's suspense? Are there any incidences that you thought foreshadows a future event, but it does not do so?

Essay Topic 3

Bradbury uses the names Peter and Wendy as an allusion to the characters in the story of Peter Pan.

What is suggested by Bradbury’s use of the names? How are similar and dissimilar to the characters of Peter Pan are they? Is Bradbury being ironic? If so, how?

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