The Veldt 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. 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…”?

2. What is flying overhead?

3. Which word is used to describe the hallway?

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

5. What do George and Lydia hear while they are lying in bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the vultures in the African veldt scene indicate?

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

3. Where are George and Lydia Hadley?

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

5. In the past, what has David McClean noticed about the nursery?

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

7. How does Dr. McClean say the nursery feels?

8. How is dinner served to George and Lydia?

9. George threatens to turn the entire house off for a month, how does Peter react?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

When Lydia first notices that something is not quite right about the nursery, she wants to call a psychologist. What function do psychologists have in this society?

Why does Lydia feel it is necessary to call a psychologist for the nursery? How are the profession and the machine connected? What will the psychologist analyze? What information can be gained? What is David McClean’s reaction to the nursery? How does he represent the voice of reason?

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