This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Standwas incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Editionincludes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral comlexity of a true epic. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Standin its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Standfor the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival. From the Hardcover edition.
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A Preface in Two Parts
While technically the reader does not have to read the forward, it does an excellent job of explaining the two versions of The Stand (this being the expanded version) AND helps establish Mr. King's voice in the mind of the reader. Curriculet highly recommends the expanded version for its additional detail.
King will frequently begin a chapter with an epigraph or a quotation set at the beginning of a literary work to suggest its theme or subject. Watch the following video on foreshadowing and then think about what this epigraph may be foreshadowing in this novel. (This annotation contains a video)
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up (such as futilely)?
Which detail from this passage shows that whatever the accident was, Charlie believes it to be an airborne virus?
Each beginning chapter of The Stand introduces one or two significant characters who will be followed throughout the course of the novel. They will seem to the reader to be very random, but stick with it--they will all come together eventually.
Inertia means unwillingness to take action or wanting to stay in a particular place. Which literary device does King make use of to reinforce the definition of inertia?
Chapter One is intended to introduce us to Stu Redman, based on the fact that he is the only character given any background. What impression does the author give us about Stu's character based on his actions in Chapter One?
Here King makes a connection to a piece of classic literature, The Scarlet Letter. In the Puritan-era novel, the main character Hester Prynne has an illegitimate child with the local priest, mirroring in part Frannie's current situation with Jess and her "Lump." (This annotation contains an image)
In rereading King's word choices for Frannie's dialogue in this section, which would be the most appropriate term to describe her tone?
The Gordian knot is a reference to Alexander the Great and his solution to "untying" a complicated knot which would proverbially make him king of all Asia. Its metaphorical meaning is to take bold action to solve a complicated problem. (This annotation contains an image)
King uses specific details in this section to inform us about Norm's character. Which of the following details is NOT one included to give us a sense of Norm's personality and social status?
If you knew that Norm was not going to be a main character, what reason would King have for including this short scene in the novel? Great writers draw attention to important information subtly, so think about what details you picked up from this scene.
We'll give Vic the official distinction of putting two and two together and realizing that there is much more to their sneezing than summer colds. As with the epigraph, this is foreshadowing events to come.
Given the details we can see about the virus, and given that it's the same virus that the Campion family had, which of the following would NOT be an appropriate adjective to describe the virus? Feel free to use the define feature if necessary.
A "catch-22" is a usually frustrating situation whose solution is impossible because of a set of contradictory rules. The term was first coined by Joseph Heller in his 1961 novel "Catch-22."
Which literary device does King make use of in this passage to draw attention to the weather?
With this phrase, the author lets us know that the next part of the story will be told as a flashback. Watch the following video for more information on the use of flashbacks in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the information in this flashback, which of the following statements most correctly defines Larry's character?
Larry has clearly lost track of time and money the last few weeks. What he thought was a $7000 party is already $12,000 and rising every day. How difficult do you think it was for Wayne to tell Larry the truth?
What does King's use of simile in this passage lead the reader to infer?
It was indeed Robert Frost who said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in," from "The Death of the Hired Man." Read Frost's poem before you move on to the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Having read this first exchange between Larry and his mother, to which character from "Death of a Hired Man" would you most compare Larry's mother?
If the previous chapters' foreshadowing is correct, there is a catastrophe coming. Keep his mother's prediction in mind as you watch Larry develop in the story.
In the first paragraph, what detail tells us the most about the social class of Frannie and her parents?
To put the abortion debate in a historical context, Roe v Wade which made abortion legal in the U.S. was passed just five years before The Stand was published in 1978. It is, of course, still an extremely controversial subject, with people aligning themselves on one side or the other based many times on party affiliation. Check the chart below to see what each political party thinks about the abortion issue before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Earlier in the chapter, Frannie's father was depicted as a staunch Democrat. After having read his point of view on the abortion issue and the comparison of the Democratic and Republican viewpoints on the same, which of the following statements is the most accurate?
As you continue gathering information about the main characters in The Stand, think about the point of view that King uses to deliver this information. Watch the following Slideshare as a refresher on the types of point of view used in literature. (This annotation has embedded rich content)
What can be observed about King's use of the third-person omniscient point of view?
What point is Hap making in his observations about their escort?
Chain letters, which have evolved into chain e-mails or posts, originally asked the recipient to send $1 to the first person on a list and add their name. Then sit back and wait for the money to pour in!
Captain Trips is a modern day version of the Black Death (see video below), which killed between 75 and 200 million people during the Dark Ages. Of the U.S. population's 319 million people (with a 99.4% effectiveness rate), how many people will die of Captain Trips in the U.S. alone? (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following lines from Signet Ring underscores the irony of this scene?
On which sense does Nick primarily rely to get a "sense of place"?
A Sam Browne belt has an additional shoulder strap. It is generally worn by police and army personnel. (This annotation contains an image)
One of the most important literary elements in this novel is theme. One question to ask yourself to determine theme is, "What is the author trying to teach us about life?" Watch the following video about theme and learn about what questions to ask as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following themes about love is supported by Larry's observations about his mother?
Larry is making note of Maria's accent being from a particular area of New York. Watch the following video so you can "hear" the dialogue correctly in the rest of this conversation. (This annotation contains a video)
Here Larry is referencing the story from Genesis 9, where Noah gets drunk on the wine from his vineyard and one of his sons (Ham) mocks his nakedness while his brothers show their father respect and cover him. While Ham and his son Canaan are cursed by Noah, there is no indication in the Bible that God changed their race, so Larry's conclusion that this has lead to race riots is incorrect.
It can't have been easy for Larry to hear what his mother really thinks of him. Which of the following adjectives best identifies Alice's tone in this passage?
A Nightmare on Elm Street did, of course, go on to have at least two sequels and a remake. (This annotation contains an image)
According to Frannie's description, what literary device do the drawing room, and especially her great-grandfather's clock, function as in the story?
Which of the following is NOT an inference you can make from the previous passage?
King is certainly not trying to advocate spousal abuse here, but Carla was hysterical and needed to be stopped before it got worse. And, as noted by the personification of the drawing room and the clock, the world did not end.
When the U.S. government started nuclear testing in Nevada in the 1950s, thousands of sheep died or contracted nuclear burns as a result. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on what Deitz just told Stu, which of the following lines is particularly ironic?
What do you think is the purpose for Stu faking the superflu in this scene?
Pay attention to the dreams that the survivors are having--this will become a significant plot point as the story progresses. (This annotation contains an image)
In this instance, the Define feature doesn't really give you a good definition for "hypochondriac." Based on context clues, what does "hypochondriac" most nearly mean?
A Connie is a Lincoln Continental, and the opera windows are the small round windows in the back seat area of the car. (This annotation contains an image)
Gorgeous George was an American professional wrestler in the 1940s-50s. (This annotation contains an image)
In which of the following lines does a character use a simile to further illustrate his feelings?
Mr. Sardonicus is a character from a 1960s movie about a man whose face becomes horribly disfigured after he searches for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave. (This annotation contains an image)
The character is making an allusion to the same Noah story from Genesis 9 that we read about previously. What is the character probably suggesting through this allusion?
Why would King include the observation about the driver having been in the service for four years in this passage?
The M-3A is a medium-range semi-automatic rifle. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on this last exchange, which of the following statements best summarizes Jane and John Baker's relationship?
Nick is referencing H.P. Lovecraft, an American author of famously weird fiction. (This annotation contains a link)
Why did Rudy's use of the paper as a metaphor make Nick cry?
Note King's use of simile here to describe the bruising on Nick's torso. Let's just imagine what someone would look like if their bruises really were "like a Canadian sunrise" rather than link a photo!
In the previous chapter, the military referred to the plague cover-up by the code name "Troy." Watch the following video about the Trojan Horse, which the Greeks used to infiltrate Troy and destroy the Trojans, and think about this connection as you continue reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Think about the Trojan Horse clip you watched previously. Which of the following statements accurately summarizes both the Trojan Horse and the Project Blue virus?
So far, Nick Andros is the second character who has referenced vivid dreams about a field, along with Stu Redman (and neither of them is sick). It would be a good idea to keep track of the characters who have dreams and what they are dreaming of.
From the 1930s through the 80s, consumers would receive Sperry & Hutchinson (S&H) green stamps from local businesses and collect them in books. Then they could be redeemed for merchandise. (This annotation contains an image)
Which detail in this passage shows the reader that, despite Larry saying that Times Square looked just the same, he still feels uneasy?
Quick-- based on the fact that Wayne was the only one who took the time to tell Larry the truth, make a prediction about what Wayne left for Larry at the bar.
Based on the shift in setting, what has happened since we last read about Frannie?
Frannie is making a joke here by using the names of several old soap operas--"Days of our Lives," "The Guiding Light" and "Search for Tomorrow." For another humorous send-up of the soap opera, follow the link to watch the following Saturday Night Live skit before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
If Frannie's pregnancy confession to her mother had been in the SNL skit, in which of the following ways would her mother have reacted?
What is the inference that King is making with the pie metaphor in this passage?
In this news report, the three most important words are "Government health officials." It's clear from the doctor being cut off in the interview that the news report is being "handled" by other forces, probably connected with the government/military and their program of containment.
We'd like to think that this would never happen in the real world, but in 1932 a study was begun where African-American men were used as guinea pigs (and without their knowledge) to study syphilis. The Tuskegee study was supposed to last six months--it concluded forty years later, only after government intervention. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on this action, what do you infer that Starkey intends to do?
"Hatefully happy" is the perfect example of an oxymoron--a figure of speech where two opposites are joined in one phrase. Watch for other oxymorons in this description of Randall Flagg.
What is one commonality of Randall Flagg's many aliases?
Which of the following adjectives best describes Lloyd's tone, based on the impact that his recent celebrity is having on his personality?
The fact that his lawyer has his back earns a measure of respect from Lloyd. Do you think the guard will drop the issue, or will he seek revenge in some other way?
This is the first reference we've seen to the title The Stand. In Devins' estimation, what does it mean to make a stand?
Telly Savalas was a Greek-American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for playing a prisoner in "The Birdman of Alcatraz." (This annotation contains an image)
Since the military was using a guinea pig to test if Stu Redman carried the virus, we can infer that animals are not immune to the disease. The state of the dogs in Shoyo would seem to back up this inference.
Note the wording in this passage. King specifically tells us that Nick "tried a smile," not that he "smiled." What does this choice of wording inform us about Nick's character?
What literary device does King use to draw attention to Nick's feelings as he moves the body?
This is an idiom which King has used more than once in his novels. Context clues would indicate that it means someone who is rarely sick or who recovers from illnesses quickly.
Which of the following statements is NOT an inference that the government would like people to make from the news broadcast?
Note here a second reference to the title. In Jane's estimation, it is the force of love which causes people to take a stand.
Ditto machines were used from the 1920s through the 1980s to duplicate typed pages before the invention of the modern-day copy machine. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following would make an appropriate title for Chapter 26?
We can reasonably assume this is Len Creighton, who took over for Billy Starks at the Project Blue facility before Starks descended to the basement and took his own life. Hogliss seems to be inferring that Creighton will be doing the same thing shortly.
Based on the story of Hercules' labors, what is King inferring by using this in comparison to the soldiers sent to Denver to stop the exodus?
Cleaning the Augean stables was Hercules' fifth task in the twelve labors that he was assigned to do as punishment for accidentally killing his wife and children. Read the short summary of this labor before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Len is referencing the same Yeats poem that Stokes discussed before his suicide. Read "The Second Coming" before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Which word or phrase from "The Second Coming" most aptly captures the scenes just described as the superflu runs its course?
Which of the following "truths" stated by the President in his address is actually true?
This is what Larry is listening to as he sits in the park. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following observations about Larry is NOT supported by this flashback?
Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who lived in poverty and basically went around criticizing everyone. He did things like carry a lamp around in the daytime, proclaiming he was looking for one honest man. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is NOT something we can safely assume about Rita Blakemore?
Frannie's behavior shows us that people deal with stress in a variety of ways. We've already seen some people who have panicked, committed suicide, taken drugs, and others who have gotten tough and dealt with the situation head-on. Based on the characterization of Frannie so far, what do you think she will do?
What connection between her father's death and the day is Frannie perhaps missing?
In "A Rose for Emily," the main character has poisoned her lover and then kept his body in her bed for years. At first, as Franny notes, it smelled, but eventually the decay was complete. Franny knows she is trying to justify not burying her father, but there's no way around it. (This annotation contains an image)
While Harold may be hard to like, he definitely has seen the probability very clearly and understands better than Frannie that nothing will be the same again and that no one in authority will be coming to put things to rights.
What literary device King is using here with phrases like "dark life" and "hideous good cheer"?
Watership Down is an adventure novel written by Richard Adams set in England and featuring a cast of animal characters. In 1978, an animated movie of the novel was made (see trailer below), but it is definitely NO Disney film! Watch the following clip before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
While tharn isn't highlighted in the film clip, there are eerie connections between the world of the rabbits and Stu's world. Which of the following descriptions from the Watership Down clip is NOT similar to the situation in the U.S. now that the superflu has been released?
It's interesting that a facility of the size Stu is describing would NOT have "You are here" signs. Do you suppose that Stu is so freaked out at this point that he missed them, or do you think the facility really does not have directional signs?
In which line does King make use of personification in this passage to give the reader a better sense of the mood of Arnette?
Bradenton (who, if you recall, is supposed to be getting Flagg a car and documentation) is remembering the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, where Vietnam War demonstrators clashed with police, resulting in almost 600 arrests and over 200 police and civilian injuries. (This annotation contains an image)
In the previous passage, where does King use a metaphor to convey Bradenton's state of mind?
It's not surprising that Flagg sees himself as Iago, one of the most ruthless villains to grace the stage. In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago drives Othello to murder his beloved wife Desdemona and to order the assassination of his best friend Michael Cassio, all for revenge. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the guard's report, which of the following could NOT be said about the state of affairs outside of the prison?
Lloyd's rabbit is being used as a metaphor for Lloyd in this section. Watch the following Slideshare to determine which type of metaphor King is employing here. (This annotation has embedded rich content)
Which of the following adjectives best describes Lloyd's mood at this point?
While Nick felt that "someone" was out there, it was definitely not Ray Booth he was thinking of! Ray's unwavering desire for revenge could also connect him to the character of Iago.
Yikes! Well, Trashcan's taste in sandwiches is definitely unique. Make a prediction about which kind of dream Trashcan might be having-- those of the cornfield and farm or those of the Walkin' Dude?
Which of the following statements does NOT summarize what we have learned about the character of Trashcan so far?
Shock treatments today are called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and involve using electrodes to induce seizures in people in order to treat various psychiatric problems. In some studies, ECT has been effective 50% of the time and about half of those who see results can relapse within a year.
Based on this description of Trashcan's incarceration at the Indiana State Prison vs. what we know about Lloyd's situation right now at the Phoenix Municipal Jail, which of the following inferences is most correct?
In this backhanded compliment, what is one thing that Rita is NOT inferring about Larry and her husband?
Larry and Rita are in Manhattan. This map will give you an idea of the areas that Larry is looking at from their apartment. (This annotation contains an image)
As with some other King novels (The Dark Tower series comes to mind), a graphic novel version of The Stand was published in 2009. Here, Rita and Larry discuss leaving New York. How does the graphic version of Larry compare to your idea of Larry? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following lines from JRR Tolkien is not quite true for Larry's and Rita's adventure?
The line is actually "The road goes ever on and on . . ." You can actually listen to JRR Tolkien himself recite this passage before you answer the next question: (This annotation contains a video)
John Beresford Tipton, Jr. was the main character in a 1950s TV show called "The Millionaire." The premise behind the show was that, each week, Tipton would give $1 million to an unsuspecting recipient, and the rest of the show would monitor the effects of the fortune on the receiver. (This annotation contains an image)
Which line of Larry's dialogue best illustrates a sarcastic tone?
Which literary device does King make use of in order to make the tunnel seem as threatening as Larry keeps imagining it to be?
They seem a little comical in this 1960 excerpt from The Time Machine, but what if you were to encounter the Morlocks in a pitch-black tunnel? (This annotation contains a video)
With which theme would Larry and Rita agree at this point in the novel?
Stephen King is having a little fun at the reader's expense. Bobbie Anderson, a fictional character in King's novel The Tommyknockers, is the author of the fictitious novel Rimfire Christmas. Extra points if you're such a huge King fan that you picked up on this reference!
With which other character could we compare Frannie based on this passage about her traveling companion?
The graphic novel does an excellent job capturing the "Harold mowing the lawn" scene. If you were drawing this scene, is there anything else that you would include? (This annotation contains an image)
Which adjective best describes Frannie's mood in this passage?
Harold is being ironic in his choice of wording here. "Precipitous" generally means dangerously high or steep, but you can tell from the visual below that a 10% slope is really relatively safe to walk and paint on, if he's careful. (This annotation contains an image)
Well, Stu definitely guessed wrong about THIS dog! And he neglected to predict that it would have a human with it.
Based on the way King has introduced the character of Glen Bateman and Stu's observation that "maybe everything would be all right," what does Glen represent to Stu?
Here I believe Mr. Bateman is incorrect. According to many sources, influenza has been around for thousands of years, perhaps under different names, but with the same symptoms. It is true, however, that each century seems to have its influenza pandemic--the last world-wide flu pandemic in 1918 killing over 50 million people. (This annotation contains an image)
What tone is Stu's response to Glen's assertion that a group could get and use a nuclear warhead?
Apparently Glen is extremely accurate with his ideas about why we dream or have nightmares! (This annotation contains a link)
This is a rendering of the dark man who Glen described in his dream. Take a look at it before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the one distinct similarity between Glen's dark man based on the linked drawing and Stu's dark man?
This chapter could be retitled "Ironic Situations." Just when survivors think they're in the clear, something else happens to kill them. Watch the following video to review the different types of irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Which type of irony is illustrated through Irma's story?
It's interesting to note King's writing style in this chapter. Even though these are less-than-minor characters who we will never see again, King spends just enough time to flesh out the characters and to give enough description for us to form an opinion about them.
Which literary device does King use to help the reader understand Lloyd's desperation in this line?
A bonita is a medium-sized ocean fish, so King is using a metaphor here to compare the retrieval of Trask's leg to the catching of a difficult fish. (This annotation contains an image)
How ironic that Lloyd is starving to death, yet he almost remains silent rather than face Flagg. (This annotation contains an image)
When Lloyd describes a "different kind of hunger," what has replaced his physical hunger?
Nick's dream is a Biblical allusion to Matthew Chapter 4. Read the first eleven verses before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Nick's dream and Matthew Chapter 4?
If Flaag is symbolic of all that is evil in the world, Mother Abagail is symbolic of all that is good. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Larry's initial response to Rita's suicide?
Even though Larry learned not too long ago that "difficult tasks are made easier when shared," with which of the following themes would he now agree based on his handling of Rita's death?
Larry might have been feeling like a fool, but we know from the previous chapter how many survivors still lost their lives over simple accidents, so his caution is not misguided.
Glen starts his observations as an allusion to Matthew 18:20: "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." His observations, however, take a decidedly negative turn from there as he starts thinking about the conflicts that will arise. Watch the following Slideshare on conflict so you can identify the different types as well. (This annotation has embedded rich content)
What do you think is the most likely reason Harold is exhibiting such an instant and hostile dislike of Stu?
Which type of conflict is this scene primarily illustrating?
The Stand Book 1
Book I was titled "The Circle Opens," and it introduced the superflu and many of the main characters in our tale. What events do you think the title of Book II, "On the Border," may be foreshadowing?
Using context clues, which of the following is the most correct definition for nonplussed in this instance?
Here we see Tom making the connection in The Stand miniseries from 1994. (This annotation contains a video)
Just in case you haven't heard of the Moon, it was a motor car company based in St. Louis in the early 1900s which went bankrupt at the start of the Great Depression. Since the company went bust in 1930, a 1933 Moon would not exist. (This annotation contains an image)
When Nick met Tom, his first reaction was to spend a night with him and make him a decent meal. Which of the following statements best represents how Nick's feelings toward Tom have changed in one day?
Tom, being from Oklahoma, understands from personal experience that the safest place in a tornado is generally underground. Not surprisingly, because of the high incidence of tornadoes in Oklahoma, even the barns have storm cellars. (This annotation contains an image)
Which adjective best describes the mood being created by King as this scene progresses?
Even though Nick thinks he is traveling with no object, there is one: Mother Abagail, of course. (This annotation contains an image)
What impact does the positive scene that Nick describes in being picked up by a smiling guy in an American car have on our impression of the meeting with Julie Lawry?
Which of the following lines by Julie has a sarcastic tone?
This exchange with Julie perfectly illustrates the mean-spiritedness of her character. When someone says something mean and then says, "Just kidding," which do YOU believe?
Larry makes so many connections to the 60s here that it's impossible to explain them. However, what do you think this rant tells us about his state of mind? (This annotation contains an image)
What does the fact that, despite being a relatively positive character, Larry is only having dreams about Flagg infer?
Why had Larry not thought of switching to a bicycle after he got rid of the motorcycle?
"Calm" is the perfect adjective to pair with a Raphael Madonna. What is another adjective you would use to describe the Madonna in this painting? (This annotation contains an image)
Where do you (and Nadine) suspect Joe has gone?
Hunter Thompson was the author of novels like The Rum Diary while Cooper wrote of the woodsman Natty Bumpo in his Leatherstocking Tales. Larry is using these authors to illustrate his lack of knowledge of the natural world.
Larry describes the ocean as a "huge blue animal." Which parts of speech does King use to personify the ocean in this passage?
Generally, the phrase "a monkey on his back" is an idiom meaning to have an addiction or some nuisance that you have to put up with.
Larry is referencing the third ghost in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. After the ghost shows Scrooge some horrible things including Scrooge's own grave, Scrooge asks him if these were things that WOULD be or things that MIGHT be only--could he change the future? (This annotation contains an image)
Joe is clearly mesmerized by Larry's playing. What literary device does King use in this passage to really bring the music to life?
Which of the listed characters came from Ogunquit originally?
So did you remember correctly that Frannie (and Harold) were from Ogunquit? Do you predict they went to Stovington even after Stu's bad news about the facility, or do you think they went straight to Nebraska?
These lines are not in quotation marks, so Larry isn't having a conversation with anyone. What inference is the reader supposed to make from these lines?
Larry could not be more accurate about the foolishness of building a mental picture of someone! Have you ever done this with someone you had heard before, maybe on the radio, only to find out that your mental picture was WAY off?
Notice how our uncertainty about Joe's character adds to the tension in this scene. Watch the following video to find out more about how authors add tension. (This annotation contains a video)
As which literary device is Nick's dream of Mother Abagail acting?
Why is Larry now able to ride the motorcycle when he couldn't after Rita's death?
Just as usually happens when a major event takes place and everyone has stories to tell of what they were doing "when," each survivor has their before-and-after stories.
What do you think is the most likely reason that Nadine is lying about dreaming?
What is one similarity between the Biblical flood and the superflu based on textual evidence?
Mother Abagail is alluding, of course, to the flood of Genesis 5. Read verses 9-22 before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
The Grange was a post-Civil War organization which encouraged local farmers' unions which fought for fair prices from railroads and grain elevators. (This annotation contains an image)
Minstrel shows were variety shows with comedy and singing acts which were generally done by white people in blackface prior to the Civil War and by African-Americans after. (This annotation contains an image)
With which statement would Mother Abagail NOT agree?
As with many controversial leaders believed to be evil, Flagg sets things in motion and then leaves the actual work to his followers. (This annotation contains an image)
How ironic that Mother Abagail shows her prejudice against the Catholics and the Pope right after her recitation of the prejudices that her family endured.
What had Larry discovered was the cause of the brightness of the day?
It really does work to put a chicken's head under its wing to make it go to sleep, but it takes a little more effort than that. (This annotation contains a video)
What theme did Mother Abagail illustrate during her walk back home?
In this instance, which of the following themes best illustrates what Mother Abagail's group will do when they take a stand?
As more people come to join their group and they make their way to Boulder, it will be natural for people to take different roles within the group. Study the chart below to learn about different group dynamics roles before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains an image)
What role does Nick play within his group of survivors?
Just an observation-- how on earth did Mother Abagail eat chicken and corn on the cob without any teeth?
Just as most people have been dreaming of either Flagg or Mother Abagail, Abby has been dreaming also, but only of specific people: Nick, Stu, Frannie, Larry.
Mother Abagail is alluding to another Old Testament story, that of Jonah. When Jonah tried to run from God, he ended up getting swallowed by a fish, where he stayed for three days. The next time God told him to do something, he did it! (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is an observation that is NOT true about Tom Cullen?
Nick is comparing what he would LIKE his role to be with a small bit-part in a play, where he doesn't have any responsibility except to stand in one place and keep his mouth shut. Unfortunately for him, he has a bigger role to play in this post-superflu world.
While this may seem like a strange observation, what does this indicate is one of Nick's priorities as the leader of this group?
Which of the following statements sums up the idea that Frannie is getting at in this passage?
This section of the story gets a bit confusing because it not only switches genres back and forth from narrative to diary, it also switches back and forth in time. Frannie's diary entry now goes back to a time right after she, Harold, Stu and Glen decided to travel together to Stovington to the medical facility that Stu had just come from.
It's fun "listening in" to Frannie's diary and observing what she thinks are things to remember about life before the superflu. If you had to make a list of important things to remember, what would you include?
Even though there isn't any actual action in this scene, what type of conflict is Glen describing in this passage?
Based on the inclusion of the word reticent, which of the following statements is true about Glen's story?
Unfortunately, until they regroup with more people in Boulder (and maybe not even then), it will be a reality that something we consider minor surgery these days will be fatal in the post-superflu world.
How can Harold's tone in this passage best be described?
According to this New York Times article, Jesuits don't believe Hell is an actual place, but instead a state of being separated from God, and each hell is personal to that individual. (This annotation contains a link)
Well, that's good, Harold, because Staunton and his study are purely fictional, courtesy of the author. However, have you ever had a premonition about something that you acted on? Were you right?
Why is Glen having second thoughts about taking the Veronal?
Which of the following is an accurate statement about the gunfight?
You only have to watch the first minute of this clip from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds to answer Frannie's question. (This annotation contains a video)
Harold is clearly coming down from the adrenaline rush of the fight in this scene. The following article could help Harold control his stress or give him tips for dealing with his adrenaline rush. (This annotation contains a link)
Which character would best understand why Frannie is feeling "uneasy" in this passage?
As shocking (and infuriating) as Harold's observation might be, it's actually not too far from what Frannie was thinking before, that gender equality can only exist is a civilized society. When civilization takes a giant step backwards, so does the idea of gender equality.
Even though these two scenes are thematically connected, we've taken another time jump here. The scene with Harold making a pass happened when Mark was still alive; the next scene takes place after the ambush and shoot-out.
Frannie is absolutely correct. Who has been receiving their transmissions?
The fact that Harold knows about Frannie and Stu could be more dangerous than the ambush was. If you put yourself in Harold's shoes for a minute, how would you react to this news?
Which of the following adjectives would have best described Harold if he had stopped reading Frannie's diary when he had the chance?
Cibola means pueblo in Spanish, but it also stands for the seven cities of gold which the Spanish believed to exist in Arizona in the 16th century. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the fact that Trashcan Man thinks of Las Vegas as Cibola suggest?
While the description of Trashcan might give us the impression of someone for whom rational thought is impossible, he is VERY capable when it comes to anything dealing with fire and destruction. (This annotation contains an image)
This compilation video does a great job emphasizing the important aspects of Trashcan's characterization. (This annotation contains a video)
In this passage, King creates a miniature timeline of the parallel plots and characters which will be converging in this novel. Watch the following video for more information on parallel plots. (This annotation contains a video)
What contrast do you notice between Trashcan and most of the other characters you've encountered so far?
The Kid was one of the characters which was cut from the original version of The Stand. As you read about The Kid, decide for yourself whether or not this is a necessary character to the overall themes in The Stand. (This annotation contains an image)
King uses a number literary devices in his very full description of The Kid. Of which literary device does he make use in the highlighted sentence?
The Boss is, of course, Bruce Springsteen (who, incidentally, would have made a great Larry Underwood in his younger days!). (This annotation contains an image)
The Kid uses a number of euphemisms (shut him down, put him out to pasture, leave him at the Cadillac Ranch) in relation to Flagg. What are his plans for Flagg?
Which of the following is NOT indicated by the stone worn by Lloyd?
Dumdums or expanding bullets got their name from the fact that they were first produced in the Dum Dum Arsenal outside of Calcutta, India by the British. The idea was to improve the effectiveness of the bullet by allowing it to expand upon impact. (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary device is Flagg making use of in Trashcan's dream?
"The Good Ship Lollipop" was the feature song from the 1934 movie Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple. It would be difficult to find a similarity between this and Flagg's Las Vegas! (This annotation contains an image)
What is the only indication in this scene that The Kid was also nervous about making it around the VW Microbus?
The Eisenhower Tunnel is a 4-lane vehicle tunnel located 50 miles west of Denver, CO. It runs 1.4 miles through the mountain and is considered the highest vehicle tunnel in the world. If it is jammed with cars, the ONLY way that Trashcan Man and The Kid are getting through it is to walk. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following themes best illustrates Trashcan Man's decision in this scene?
King uses a variety of literary devices in this description of the wolf attack. Which phrase from the highlighted section is an example of an oxymoron?
It's clear that Trashcan is important to Flagg's operation in the West if he would take the trouble to get Trashcan away from The Kid and escort him to Las Vegas. What role do you think he'll play?
Trashcan is right to be confident-- even Lloyd speaks respectfully to Trashcan here. Trashy has finally found his people and his place in the world, sadly.
Based on Trashcan's description of the Book he'd like to write, what would be the equivalent of it in Boulder?
Which of Trashcan's new "friends" clearly received his name as a pun?
Crucifixion has been used as a punishment since 400 B.C. The victim dies of a combination of suffocation, organ failure and loss of bodily fluids. What does the fact that Flagg uses this as a punishment tell us about the kind of society he is creating in Las Vegas? How does that tie in with all of the Biblical allusions in the novel? (This annotation contains an image)
The Judge is correct--there is an awful lot of suffering in the book of Job. Read the summary of this Bible story before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following details from the story of Job also defines Larry's circumstances?
Lucy is discussing Universal Time Coordinated (UTC), which replaced Greenwich Mean Time and is based on atomic measurements.
Larry has definitely misinterpreted Lucy's story if he thinks Nadine is afraid of him. Lucy is much closer to the truth when she says "wherever Nadine's husband is." WE know where he is-- in the West!
Lucy is not the first character to state that love is the reason to make a stand. Which other character said very nearly the same thing in an earlier chapter?
Which of the following adjectives best describes Nadine's mood in this passage?
Glen is making a joke about being a seer or fortune teller, but as a sociologist, he probably has a better idea of what will happen next than just about anyone else. Pay attention to his predictions.
Stu is absolutely right in this observation. In 2013, Boulder had a population of a tenth of that (103,000). What do you think Glen will suggest they do to prepare for that many people?
Based on everything Glen has just told Stu, which of the following themes would NOT be helpful in their situation?
Long was governor of Louisiana in the late 1920s; sources state that "he ruled the state as a virtual dictator" during a regime filled with corruption. He was also the inspiration for Willie Stark from Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the King's Men. If you are interested, check this title out on Curriculet! (This annotation contains an image)
A better definition of a theocracy is a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god. The kingdom of Israel under Moses is one example of a theocracy. Can you think of another? (This annotation contains an image)
At the beginning of this description, Mother Abagail observed that Ralph was canny. Based on her description, which of the following definitions for canny works best to describe Ralph?
How could Mother Abagail have responded to Larry's statement which would have both shocked Larry AND fought against the sin of pride with which Mother Abagail is struggling?
Nadine was not wrong-- Mother Abagail could definitely see which side Nadine was on. But what would she do about it? (This annotation contains an image)
Here Mother Abagail is making an allusion to the story of Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem the week before his death. The crowds greeted him with cheering and the waving and laying of palm fronds in his path. Read the short excerpt about Palm Sunday before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
In her Biblical allusion to Palm Sunday, Mother Abagail is nearly equating herself to Jesus. What parallel to the Palm Sunday story do you think is being foreshadowed by this allusion?
A mimeograph machine is a duplicating machine similar to the ditto machine already referenced previously. The pages came out printed in purple ink and had a very distinctive (and for many students very pleasant) smell. (This annotation contains an image)
By using the terms epilogue and coda to describe their group, what is Frannie conjecturing?
Frank Frazetta was an American fantasy and science fiction artist. Perhaps this is how Larry imagined Harold and Frannie? (This annotation contains an image)
What is evident from Larry's reaction to Frannie's description of events?
Which of the following adjectives would best describe Larry's version of Harold Lauder?
This is the "golden goody" that Harold is thinking of as he's sitting in his yard, contemplating the future. (This annotation contains a video)
Tabula rasa is Latin for "blank slate." Harold is thinking about how most individuals and society as a whole are starting over from scratch and reinventing themselves. Why has Harold chosen NOT to do this himself?
Larry is making a reference here to Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado." Read just the plot summary from Wikipedia before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following is NOT a commonality between Harold Lauder and Montressor from "The Cask of Amontillado"?
Leo seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to people. Which adjective best describes Leo's mood in this strange exchange with Larry?
If the ledger had belonged to the previous owner (and with the rock out of place, it's clear Harold knows it's there), why would Harold still have it hidden? Why wouldn't he have it on a table or shelf if it isn't his? (This annotation contains an image)
Leo definitely seems to have more sensitive perception than Larry when it comes to Harold, although even Larry can feel there is something a little off about Harold. Authors sometimes use animals in the same manner-- to give the reader a sense of who is good and who is evil. How do you think Kojak would react to Harold? (This annotation contains an image)
If Stu has come to Frannie for a recommendation to replace Dick Ellis on the committee, who would Frannie be most likely to recommend?
Which of Frannie's statements from this exchange with Larry indicates sarcasm?
Frannie isn't really thinking about Das Kapital or Mein Kampf or intercepted love letters. We can almost see the lightbulb going off in her head as she realizes Harold might have read her diary. (This annotation contains an image)
"Cloak-and-dagger" means actions people or governments take to protect their secrets or to learn the secrets of others. Larry's opinion on the superflu is that it occurred because of too much government secrecy.
Which of the following descriptions indicate that Frannie is nervous about what she might find in her diary and add to the tension in the scene?
Changing characters are called "dynamic" characters, while those who don't change are labelled "static" characters. Watch the following video to learn more about characterization. (This annotation contains a video)
Nick's motions in the highlighted section seem to be at odds with each other. If the main business of the committee is how to deal with Flagg, how can they agree not to discuss any "theological, religious or supernatural implications" of him?
The use of the line "Uproar from the committee" would indicate which of the following reactions from the rest of the committee members?
The similarity between the choice of Tom and the 1962 Manchurian Candidate is that, in the movie, a sergeant captured by the Communists is brainwashed into becoming an assassin whenever he sees the Queen of Diamonds. (This annotation contains an image)
Although the committee had extremely serious business to conduct, the dialogue at the end of the meeting changed in tone. What tone is achieved by the use of these lines?
Of which sin is Mother Abigail guilty in her dream?
So by Glen's previous assessment, the faith of the Free Zone must be strong indeed, because its "empiric object" (Mother Abagail) is gone, but the people still believe that following her is the right thing to do.
It's interesting to see how society reverts back to the printed word when technology fails. Think about how your life would be different without your technology!
If Harold's dark living room was "an unconscious outward manifestation of Harold's personality," which literary device would the living room be considered?
Based on Stu's description of Harold, with which of the following statements would Stu agree?
Patty Hearst was an heiress college student who was kidnapped by a group of terrorists and then brainwashed into helping them rob banks. (This annotation contains an image)
If only Stu knew the REAL reason Harold looked upset-- because he had waited too long to shoot Stu and Ralph and had missed his chance for revenge.
With which of the following observations about the ad hoc committee would Harold agree based on his word choice? Use the Define feature if necessary.
What is Charlie Impening trying to do which causes Glen to make the allusion to Moses?
Read just the first few paragraphs about the Biblical Moses before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
To be "in a brown study" means to be in a state of deep thought or brooding. This phrase, which originated in the 16th century, was often used into the 20th century, but has since fallen out of favor.
The story of family pets traveling hundreds of miles is not an unusual one. (This annotation contains a link)
How would Stu interpret Kojak's dream, based on his twitching paws?
Which of the following themes best illustrates Glen's sentiments in this passage?
Larry seems to easily forget that he helped another 18 people successfully get to Boulder. He's so obsessed with what he USED to be that he can't see what he has BECOME-- a successful leader. (This annotation contains an image)
King used an allusion to President Nixon above and here is another--Nixon was famous for his twin v's, even as he was entering the chopper on his final day in office. (This annotation contains an image)
The fact that Harold wholeheartedly supported the ad hoc committee rather than head the opposition to it indicates that Harold may be which type of character?
The Free Zone committee was worried about the role Mother Abagail would play in the running of the Free Zone. Which of the following is NOT an outcome of Mother Abagail's disappearance?
Jim Morrison, famed lead singer of The Doors, died in Paris on July 3, 1971... or did he? (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following would NOT be an adjective used to describe Harold's actions at the Free Zone meeting?
If Larry feels he has to leave Boulder if he chooses Nadine, then he equates his "old Larry" self with evil and his "new Larry" self with good. Larry's choice here will mean everything to his future.
At this critical juncture, Nadine seems to symbolize all of the women Larry has abandoned in his life. Watch the following video for more information on how authors use symbolism. (This annotation contains a video)
Planchettes were used to supposedly receive messages from "beyond" and today are still used with a Ouija board. (This annotation contains an image)
Who does Nadine think she will communicate with if she uses the planchette?
Based on her response, what do you infer is Nadine's point of view with regard to the planchette?
"Going to the submarine races" was a euphemism used in the mid 1900s for making out in a parked car. (This annotation contains an image)
Here King again references the Yeats poem "The Second Coming" which you read many chapters ago. The last line of Yeats' poem--"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" alludes to Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, but also foreshadows another birth there. Try to imagine the implications of this connection in Nadine's mind.
Why is the committee thunderstruck?
Joe McCarthy was a Wisconsin senator who spent nearly five years trying to discover and expose Communists in the U.S. government. Both Frannie and Glen make good arguments for their viewpoints in this section. Who would YOU vote with? (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following lines was delivered with some sarcasm for humorous effect?
You were correct before if you inferred that Harold's actions were calculated. It seems like everything Harold does is preplanned and meant to produce a specific effect. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Harold so confused after his day spent on the burial detail?
Which type of conflict is the most prominent in Harold's life according to this last passage?
Harold and Larry have something in common-- a constant lack of confidence in themselves. Usually Harold thinks he is better than anyone, except when it comes to member of the opposite sex. But as Harold just noted as he finished work, he really was not the fat, pimpled Harold Lauder of Ogunquit anymore.
Harold has spent his life believing that romantic love is mostly fiction. Now Nadine has him doubting those beliefs.
What does Harold have to do before he can go West to be with the dark man?
Which of the following themes is the Judge advocating in this passage?
While this might seem like a cryptic statement, the Judge may be hinting that joining up with the dark man is as suicidal as killing yourself outright.
What is the Judge inferring about Weizak which lends a humorous air to his departure?
Tom seems to be the definition of the Shakespeare quote, "There's method in his madness." If Tom didn't have hidden reserves of intellect, Nick would not have chosen him as a spy.
In Tom's description of Flagg, he alludes to Biblical accounts of demons. The graphic novel also depicts this scene of Tom under hypnosis. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on evidence in this passage, what can readers infer about Stu?
What is the primary conflict in this discussion between Stu and Frannie?
Not dippy at all, Frannie. Harold has been waiting to see who will turn up in those sneakers, and he had a feeling it would be Frannie.
Harold is, of course, referencing Darwin's theory of natural selection, whereby only the "fittest" of the species survive and pass on their genes to the next generation. Flagg plans on being the fittest!
What is Stu's mood after he hears about the twins?
Which detail in this passage was the most decisive clue that Frannie had already been told about the twins?
Joe/Leo's appearance reminds Nadine of two Poe works: "The Tell-tale Heart" and "The Raven." Read "The Raven" before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Which line from "The Raven" best illustrates why Nadine is so terrified of Joe/Leo?
Stu sounds relieved about this, but Flagg is the definition of "the elephant in the room"-- everyone is thinking about him, but no one is brave enough to start the conversation.
Frannie is making fun of Stu's sexual naivete by referencing the 1961 movie Splendor in the Grass, about sexual repression. (This annotation contains an image)
In which line does King use personification to add to the somber tone as Tom leaves Boulder?
Based on textual evidence, which of the following is the most likely identification of Candy Jones' ailment?
Frannie's right-- "picking prescriptions up" at the pharmacy in our world is much different than it is in Frannie's world.
Apparently, Harold has plans for the Free Zone Committee. (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary element does King use in this passage to increase the tension in the scene?
Note here how Leo answers Larry's question as if he asked it out loud, but the parentheses indicate that Larry only thought about Harold and Leo answered him.
Larry feels very strongly about convincing Frannie that she's not responsible for Harold's actions. Who is Larry probably thinking about as he says the highlighted line?
Why was Frannie feeling so much better on her way home from the meeting with Larry?
What the rest of the Free Zoners think is a failure is a great success in Brad Kitchner's eyes-- as soon as they get everything turned off, the power WILL work again! (This annotation contains an image)
Based only on textual evidence, which of the following would be the correct definition for the use of erroneous in this sentence?
Frannie had an instinct all along that Harold meant trouble-- and she was right! (This annotation contains an image)
Make a prediction about Nadine's "purpose" in coming to Nick and Ralph's house. Why did she need a cover story?
Flagg really isn't a "second chance" kind of guy. Why do you think he granted Nadine and Harold a second chance?
Harold is finally understanding the power of Flagg. If he can take over Nadine's body and turn her hair white, what ELSE can he do? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is NOT a reason that Larry doesn't confess that "Baby, Can You Dig Your Man" is his song?
Darkness and light, good and evil, life and death are overarching themes which are depicted in The Stand. Watch the following video to learn how the motifs of darkness and light are being used to represent good and evil in this chapter. (This annotation contains a video)
If Frannie's observation in the highlighted passage is correct, about whom would Frannie have difficulty being objective?
Which sentence from this passage contains a motif which could be used to illustrate the theme of "good and evil" in The Stand?
Note here that King reinforces the motif of darkness in his description of the silence. It helps the reader understand that this is a silence filled with evil and dread.
With which literary element does King begin Chapter 59 in order to contrast this scene of peace and tranquility with the horror which ended Chapter 58?
Except, really, there WAS a way, but Frannie (and everyone else) has spent her whole life trying to ignore feelings of intuition. In the post-superflu world, people may need to readjust their thinking about "having a feeling."
Stu is very closely quoting Shakespeare's Hamlet in this line, which is all the more ironic because Stu is frequently stating how uneducated he is. Hamlet is telling his best friend Horatio that there is very little in the world that any of us can understand, regardless of our education. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following is a contrast between the graphic novel depiction of this scene and the textual version of the novel?
This scene is depicted in the graphic novel version of The Stand. Study this illustration before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the fact that many of the fliers were crumpled into balls and thrown away symbolize?
Politicians especially like to talk about how their election is a "mandate" from the people to pass certain policies. For example, Abe Lincoln believed his reelection in 1864 was a mandate from the people to get rid of slavery once and for all. What mandate did the Free Zone committee have which Stu now thinks is gone?
It is unusual for a novel to actually use the terms "protagonist" and "antagonist" within the text. The video below gives more information on identifying protagonists and antagonists. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following themes is illustrated through Glen's speech on "standing watch"?
Which of the following is NOT indicative of Glen's tone as he delivers the news of Mother Abagail's condition?
It's finally time for Stu and his group to fight the Dark Man, to stop playing politics, to make a stand. (This annotation contains an image)
If you aren't familiar with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, review it before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following is NOT a similarity between the Free Zone committee's situation with Flagg and David's conflict with Goliath?
Based on Frannie's reaction, what does she believe?
This is why Mother Abagail had told Frannie that she, particularily, had to trust--because it's much harder to be the one waiting than the one doing something.
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What does the fact that Flagg would go to the trouble of having men on watch to stop the Judge lead the reader to infer?
This will give you a bit of an idea where this chapter is set. Ontario is the white dot on the west side of the Snake River as it moves up the Oregon border. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following can the reader correctly infer from this description of the Judge's journey?
The idea of the "ka" or soul is extensively featured in another Stephen King epic-- The Dark Tower series. The reader will also find similarities in characters, antagonists and situations between The Stand and the Dark Tower series. (This annotation contains a link)
What has Ole Bobby Terry forgotten?
Note the sound imagery that King associates with Flagg. Every time he makes an appearance, it is preceded by the "clocking" of his bootheels on the road.
Which of the following is the best interpretation of the highlighted passage?
Dayna was just wondering how Flagg could have KNOWN about the Judge-- maybe this is one way Flagg knows things he shouldn't be able to know. (This annotation contains an image)
This is what flametracks look like in action. They're the exact opposite of a firetruck. (This annotation contains an image)
Dayna's description of the conditions in Las Vegas boil down to which of the following observations?
Read the first three paragraphs of the similarities between Tom Robinson's case in To Kill a Mockingbird and that of the Scottsboro Boys and think about how they might connect to this situation. (This annotation contains a link)
Which description from the essay on Tom Robinson and the Scottsboro Boys could also pertain to Dayna's situation in The Stand?
Dayna's own observations about the organization of Las Vegas belie what Flagg is saying here. It's one of the ways that Dayna finally realizes that Flagg is controlling her.
Of all of the things that Flagg tells Dayna about the Free Zone, which is the only one about which Flagg is unsure?
That was actually a brilliant deduction on Dayna's part, and completely accurate. If Flagg said to get the bike ready, there is no reason that Lloyd should have still been at the intercom waiting to hear from Flagg again.
Why should Lloyd especially be happy to get away with his life in this situation?
The Yankees in the days of Mantle and Maris and Ford had seemed unbeatable. But even THEY were in last place in the league in 1966 (which Flagg would do well to keep in mind!). (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Julie smiling?
Of the details just revealed about Harold, which one does NOT foreshadow that Harold is in real (perhaps deadly) trouble?
It's almost unimaginable to think that Nadine knew that this would happen all along. When do you think she decided that this would be the way to take Harold out of the picture?
Why does Harold decide to sign his last testament as Hawk?
A "gyrene" is a slang mixture of "GI" and "Marine." Parris Island is one of two locations for Marine Corp Recruit Training Depots (the other is San Diego). (This annotation contains an image)
The "feet of clay" is a Biblical reference to Daniel Chapter 2. Scroll down to read "Daniel Interprets the Dream" (verses 31-45) before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
What has Nadine discovered about Flagg if she believes that his "feet were made of clay"?
Nadine's white hair against the image of the Dark Man helps to illustrate the motif of darkness and light which we've noted previously. (This annotation contains an image)
If it's the night of the full moon, who would be heading east instead of west?
It may not make sense to Lloyd, but it makes perfect sense to us. Trashcan is having flashbacks to his old life, when he was bullied and made fun of, only now he can do something about it.
Which theme could be illustrated through Lloyd's game of solitaire?
Lloyd is, of course, referring to the Black Widow spider, which is just one spider which may consume her mate. Think about the characteristics that would define Julie if this metaphor were true. (This annotation contains an image)
In the passage where Tom senses Flagg, which line contains an implied metaphor?
Paul's description sounds eerily like another head of secret police, Heinrich Himmler. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Barry's tone as he asks Lloyd's permission to go after Tom?
Hamburg, Dresden and Tokyo were three examples of incendiary bombing during WWII, which hit targets irrespective of their civilian populations. In Dresden alone, 3,300 tons of bombs were dropped in three waves which destroyed much of the city with really no advantage for the Allies at all. (This annotation contains an image)
Mother Abagail had predicted that Nick was not QUITE gone yet, and one again she was correct. Nick is continuing to watch out for Tom, even after his death. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the last passage, what is King's message about loyalty to Flagg?
Nadine was described as a sibyl, a female oracle or prophetess. Which of the following is NOT something that Nadine prophesied about to Flagg?
Tom's version of the 23rd Psalm is so typically Tom--God would probably agree with everything, except maybe the kung-fu. (This annotation contains an image)
In the end, which of the following has the most control over Trashcan Man?
Nellis Air Force Base consists of 11,000 acres just northeast of Las Vegas and includes the largest aboveground weapons storage complex in the U.S. If there is anything that Trashy can find to appease Flagg, it would be at Nellis. (This annotation contains an image)
Trashcan found what he was looking for-- THIS would be big enough for redemption. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Whitney afraid of standing by the window with Lloyd?
Lloyd remembers all too well what happened in that jail cell in Phoenix-- or what almost did. Even if Flagg fails, Lloyd will not run out on him.
Well, if Trashy gets a big enough dose of radiation, his life is exactly what he is going to be giving Flagg. (This annotation contains an image)
"Like a clutch of missionaries approaching the cannibal's village," what do Glen, Stu, Larry and Ralph ultimately believe?
Which other character had this exact reaction to wastefulness earlier in the novel?
The highlighted phrase is a reference to Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. In the novel, the knight Quixote tries to slay "giants" which are really windmills. Stu knows the "giants" that they're fighting are real, but he doubts that they're equipped for the fight. (This annotation contains an image)
Which adjective best defines Ralph's tone in this passage?
We already made note of Tom's rendition of the 23rd Psalm previously. Here Stu carries on the allusion to the Biblical passage. Watch the following video for more information on allusion and leveraging source material in a text. (This annotation contains a video)
Glen's example of the battery is just an extended version of which literary device?
Spoiler alert, Mr. King! Just when we were worried about Glen and Ralph, it's Stu who isn't going to make it to the top.
Who is Larry thinking about as he utters this line?
Isn't this reminiscent of the farewell scene from The Wizard of Oz as this scene unfolds-- there's even a dog! (This annotation contains a video)
In another example of foreshadowing, God did indeed send a dog to take care of Stu, while Larry, Glen and Ralph carry on toward Las Vegas and their fate. (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary element does King make note of here in his observations about Stu and the rest of the men?
Larry imagines Flagg drawing mass murderers to him: Manson led a group of cult followers on a killing spree in 1969, Speck murdered 8 nursing students in Chicago in the 1960s, Gacy murdered at least 33 young men in the 1970s.
If Burlson's line was the only point of view the reader had of this scene, which of the following assumptions might the reader believe?
What is the irony evident to Larry about Dorgan's occupation?
It is evident that Dorgan knows he's on the wrong side of this fight. Even though he refuses to acknowledge Mother Agabail, he knows there is a choice. (This annotation contains an image)
Glen's jail cell scene is also depicted in the graphic novel. Study the cover before you answer the next question. (This annotation contains an image)
Which detail from the text of The Stand is correctly depicted in the graphic novel cover of The Stand?
Ralph is correct; Flagg plans on dismembering Ralph and Larry in a method used during the Medieval Period with an updated twist--instead of using horses, Flagg will use cars. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Stan's reaction to Flagg's charges against Larry and Ralph tell us?
The Marvel artists have great fun with this scene. If you look closely, it isn't Whitney Horgan who tries to stop the executions, it's Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) who makes an appearance and tries to stop Flagg! (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following lines of Larry and Ralph's dialogue prior to this scene foreshadows the outcome of their trip to Las Vegas?
While there definitely would have been thermal radiation effects from the blast, it's doubtful that Stu would have experienced them from hundreds of miles away. (This annotation contains a link)
When Stu notes that the pain was galvanizing, which of the following definitions best matches the use of the word in this context?
In the graphic novel, Tom also looks brighter somehow, as if his passage through the desert added a layer of understanding which didn't exist before. (This annotation contains an image)
What does it mean that Stu ate carefully?
King uses a number of literary devices to describe Stu and Tom's situation here. Which of the following lines does NOT contain a literary device?
Stu knows that you can get a manual transmission car started if the battery is dead, just like this step-by-step video demonstrates. (This annotation contains a video)
First God sends Stu a dog, then he sends him Tom, and how he's sent him a car. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Stu inferring when he says "the Waldorf-Astoria had [nothing] to worry about in the way of competition just yet"?
Tom is nearly hysterical thinking that Stu might die and that Tom would be responsible for Stu's recovery. It's interesting that Nick can have physical contact of a sort with Tom even from beyond the grave.
Which adjective best defines Tom as he worked on Stu's recovery?
Just in case you aren't familiar, a breech birth means that the baby exits the womb either buttocks or feet first rather than the normal presentation of head first. This can be dangerous to both mother and baby.
Oliver and Company is a Disney remake of the Dickens classic Oliver Twist. Disney has a habit of turning classic literature into stories for children (The Lion King/Hamlet?). (This annotation contains an image)
What are Tom and Stu hearing?
Which theme is best illustrated not just by this snowmobile accident scene, but by Stu's and Tom's entire journey?
What a perfect Christmas present for someone like Tom, who sometimes has a hard time remembering things. Although based on everything they've gone through, do you think it's possible that Tom will ever forget this time with Stu? (This annotation contains an image)
What makes Tom's choice of "The First Noel" on this Christmas particularly ironic?
We can all relate to Stu's mistake, made in the anticipation of getting to Boulder the next day. Have you ever been so excited about one thing that you've forgotten something else important?
Stu is, of course, speaking ironically here about the situation being funny. It certainly is unexpected!
What does Billy's response to Stu cause the reader to infer?
It's clear from Frannie's question that something is very wrong with the baby, despite Marcy's reassurances. (This annotation contains an image)
Which adjective best describes Frannie when she has the "I-want" line on her forehead?
If Larry were alive, how would be answer Frannie's question?
May Day is generally a spring renewal festival, and while maypoles and maybaskets are common in the festivities, the description here of turning the maybasket into a game of tag must be original to post-superflu Boulder! (This annotation contains an image)
This is very similar to the observation Tom made on their way back from Las Vegas--that "everything's a chance, isn't it?" There are many phrases defining life ("Life is like a box of chocolates"). Which one is yours?
What does Lucy mean by the phrase "put a scab on Pete's nose"?
In the first published edition of The Stand, this is where Stephen King ended the book. Keep this in mind as you continue reading the ORIGINAL ending which King wrote and then cut from the first published edition.
In the extended ending, we get to see what happens each time the Dark Man is reborn. What does King's use of simile in the highlighted line lead the reader to infer?
In the end, we have an answer to Frannie's question, and Stu was absolutely correct-- they'll have stand a watch for him. (This annotation contains an image)
The Stand Book III