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For many high school readers, supernatural fiction and fantasy are genres that maximize engagement with literature. “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” by H.P. Lovecraft is a compelling short story that features elements consistent with both genres: dreamy aberrations, astral projection, the possession of a human body, and more. This multiple choice quiz on “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” helps English teachers promote homework accountability, evaluate reading comprehension, and save time at home without sacrificing quality in the classroom. An answer key and copy of the public domain narrative are included. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this assessment, students will demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • The narrator’s career
  • The narrator’s beliefs concerning dreams
  • Setting
  • The general characterization of Joe Slater
  • The effects of Joe Slater’s dreams
  • How aging affects Joe Slater’s dreams
  • The fate of Joe Slater’s neighbor
  • The narrator’s personal feelings toward Joe Slater
  • A technological achievement
  • What the narrator shares in common with Joe Slater
  • The narrator’s primary motivation
  • Dr. Fenton’s evaluation of the narrator’s psychological state