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Dr. A. Peever

HUM 396: Horror Story and Film

Final Examination[1]

Your Name: _________

The duration of the exam is two hours. This exam consists of a single section, which requires twenty short answers (plus three bonus questions) written in your own words. Manage your available time carefully to maximize your score and remember to save and back up your work frequently in case of power or connection outages. Provide your answers on a modified version of this document. You may refer to your course texts, to hard copies of class notes and supporting materials, and to any online materials. When you have finished, upload your document to the Canvas assignment “Final Exam.” You must upload your completed exam by 4:30 p.m. on August 6th, 2020 in order to receive credit for this exam. In the event of network connectivity issues email your exam to apeever@barry.edu 

As our syllabus explains clearly in the “Academic Dishonesty Policy: Cheating and Plagiarism:

3. Cheating is defined as the attempt, successful or not, to give or obtain aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations.

4. Plagiarism is defined as the use, without proper acknowledgment, of the ideas, phrases, sentences, or larger units of discourse from another writer or speaker.
Students are expected to know and abide by the policy as stated in the university catalogue and student handbook.”

N.B. Your answers must be presented in your own words. Unlikely similarities of vocabulary, syntax, or content with the submission of another student may result in a zero score for your exam and/or further penalties. Do your own work.

Your exam constitutes 20% of your course grade.

Short answers: Answer the following questions in one to three complete sentences.

1          Give one essential difference between the creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the creature as played by Boris Karloff in the 1931 Universal Pictures’ Frankenstein.

2          Give one example from David Skal’s The Monster Show of an event in someone’s personal history which paralleled or foreshadowed a similar mood or event in the wider culture.

3          Give one characteristic feature of the aesthetic of German Expressionism from one film we have watched this semester.

4          Give one of the creature’s justifications to Victor for its deeds in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818).

5          According to David Skal, what was the allegorical or symbolic function of Cesare

the sleepwalker in the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


6          How exactly do Stephen King’s three levels of horror correspond to mental or physical states?

7          Give one cause of creative tension between the author/screenwriter of The Exorcist (1973) and its director.

8          Who or what “gets out” of the wallpaper to possess the narrator in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)?

9          Give one way in which The Exorcist (1973) reflects the political upheavals of its era.

10        Give a definition and one example of William Friedkin’s use of the technique of “hyperrealism” in The Exorcist.

11        How does the silver St. Joseph medallion function as part of a larger binary motif of opposed forces throughout The Exorcist?

12        What is the “third ending” of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House

of Usher”?

13        What is one example of an artistic performance following the committing of a crime in one of Poe’s short stories?

14        Give one example from scholar Julie Tharp of a way in which Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991) “updates” Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

15        How does The Silence of the Lambs (1991) represent a “Dantean” perspective? [i.e. that of the medieval poet Dante Alighieri]

16        Give one example of a way in which the connection of solar Apollo with “seeing,” understanding, or vision has been illustrated this semester.

17        In Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs (1988) what is the answer to Hannibal Lecter’s riddling phrase “Billy Rubin”?

18        What, according to scholar Colleen McDannell, is “Jesuit Theater”?

19        How did the principal areas of the interior of medieval gothic cathedral architecture correspond to parts or qualities of the human body?

20        How does “the sunken place” in Jordan Peele’s film Get Out (2017) correspond to another site or place that we have encountered this semester? Give one specific example, explaining the similarity.

Bonus (three bonus questions on Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs):

21        Why does a metal detector “beep” at Hannibal Lecter’s cheeks during his initial

examination at Brushy Mountain State Prison?

22        What are the contents of the videocassette tape that Jame Gumb has made for


23        In his last written communication with Clarice Starling what does Harris’s Lecter

tell her he is looking at?


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