American Gods 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. How does Shadow get to Cairo?

2. What was Laura doing in the car with Robbie Burton when they were killed?

3. What is the silver dollar supposed to provide for Shadow Moon?

4. What does Chad Mulligan assist Shadow in finding in Chapter 10?

5. Who does Mad Sweeney warn Shadow not to trust in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Shadow escape captivity at the end of Chapter 6?

2. How do Shadow and Mad Sweeney interact during their night of drinking?

3. How does Shadow deal with the approach of police on the scam in Chapter 5?

4. What does Zorya Polunochnyaya give Shadow Moon in Chapter 4?

5. Why is Shadow Moon released early from prison in Chapter 1?

6. What is the Lakeside raffle?

7. How does Mad Sweeney figure into the plot in Chapter 8?

8. How were the dead judged in ancient Egypt?

9. What unexpected incident occurs to Shadow Moon after the funeral in Chapter 2?

10. How are Mr. Road and Mr. Town introduced in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Coins play an important role in the novel. They are more than merely metal indicators of monetary value: they are powerful symbols. Write an essay about coins as a symbol in the novel, focusing on their value to three characters. What function do they serve beyond their monetary significance? Do they offer strength? Protection? Some other strange power? What happens when they are given or lost?

Part 1) Shadow Moon

Part 2) Mad Sweeney

Part 3) Zorya Polunochnyaya

Essay Topic 2

Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS posits a world in which the gods of all cultures that have crossed the pond to America live among us and with knowledge of each other. Simultaneously, these gods are in competition with new gods comprised of secular aspects of daily life that we as a culture worship. Write an essay laying out the rules by which these gods live. From what do they draw their power? How do they carry on their divine work in the modern era? What do they fear? What do they yearn for? How, in the end, can a god be killed?

Essay Topic 3

Laura Moon is perhaps the strangest and most ambiguous of characters in AMERICAN GODS. The reader is introduced to her as an adulteress and a corpse. Write an essay about her as a character. What reason does she give for her infidelity? How does death affect the way that she interacts with the living, particularly Shadow? At what point in the novel does Laura decide to take action to help Shadow? How does this affect the reader's attitude toward her?

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