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, “There’s no Africa in the nursery”?

2. Who calls George and Lydia into the nursery?

3. This is an example of what type of figurative language: “…and the yellow of them was in your eyes like the yellow of an exquisite French tapestry…”?

4. Who says: “My God we need a breath of fresh air”?

5. To whom does the item belong?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is George hesitant to lock up the nursery? What does he fear?

2. Where do George and Lydia realize they’ve heard the screams before?

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

4. What does Lydia hear that George does not – at least at first?

5. Explain the following quote: “And again George Hadley was filled with admiration for the mechanical genius who had conceived this room. A miracle of efficiency selling for an absurdly low price. Every home should have one.”

6. When George is sitting at dinner, he begins to think about the African veldt in the nursery. What does he realize the children have been thinking of, and why does it make him uneasy?

7. What does David McClean find on the floor of the nursery?

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

9. How do Wendy and Peter tell their parents that they will be late for dinner?

10. Why does George feel perspiration on his brown when he is in the nursery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is clear that the relationship between George and Lydia and their children is strained. At one point in the short story, George mentions that he and Lydia are treated like the offspring and not the parents.

Describe the relationship between the parents and children. How do George and Lydia know something isn’t right with their children?

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

George reflects on the magnificence and cost of the nursery. What is the nursery’s purpose?

What does the title of nursery for this room suggest? How accurate is its title? What has it replaced in this home?

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