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. Where do George and Lydia believe Wendy and Peter are?

2. What has happened to the parents at the end of the story?

3. What doesn’t Dr. McClean think “feels good”?

4. How do the children react to the nursery being turned off?

5. What does Dr. McClean state as one of the original uses of the nursery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lydia want George to lock up the nursery?

2. Explain the following quote: “Now we’re really going to start living. Instead of being handled and massaged, we’re going to live.”

3. What does George’s reaction to Lydia’s fear signify?

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

5. What does Dr. McClean suggest that George do to the nursery?

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

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

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

9. Describe the sensory experience of the nursery. What senses does the nursery appeal to? Use a description from the text as an example.

10. 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.”

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Veldt belongs to the science fiction genre.

Define the literary term "genre" and name three other genres in addition to the science fiction genre. What are commonalities between science fiction novels and stories? What are the advantages and disadvantages of assigning a genre to a novel or short story? What do you think is the difference between a science fiction and a historical novel or mystery?

Essay Topic 2

Bradbury’s work is commentary on his prediction of society projected forward from 1950.

Based on the central conflict of man versus machine and loss of human connection, describe the values of this society. Why must they live in a Happylife home? Why do George and Lydia believe that nothing is good enough for their children? What is suggested by the fact that they take sedatives to go to sleep at night?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss what you think are the characteristics of a successful novel or story and why The Veldt is or is not successful based on your criteria. Do you think the criteria for a successful story should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults?

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