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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. As what does Shadow Moon disguise himself in Chapter 5?

2. Who is discovered dead near the end of Chapter 8?

3. In Shadow Moon's Chapter 3 dream, what is the celestial room filled with?

4. Why does Shadow assume his friend Robbie Burton died in a car accident?

5. Why does Mad Sweeney want his coin back in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Shadow discover that he needs to go to Cairo in Chapter 7?

3. What is the Lakeside raffle?

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

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

6. How is does Laura Moon find her way to Shadow's hotel in Chapter 3?

7. What is the purpose of the checkers game in Chapter 4?

8. What service does the jinn perform for Salim in Chapter 7?

9. How is Audrey Burton's behavior at Laura Moon's funeral surprising to Shadow?

10. Describe Shadow's dream in Chapter 8.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In AMERICAN GODS, death is not necessarily an end. Because the plot deals in the eternal and the divine, characters die and then return to life for various reasons. Write an essay about death in AMERICAN GODS, focusing on three characters who pass back and forth between life and death. How does each character die? Does he or she choose death? If so, why? What brings each character back from death, and are they changed in some way?

Part 1) Laura Moon

Part 2) Wednesday

Part 3) Shadow Moon

Essay Topic 3

The plot of Gaiman's novel can be viewed as an epic amalgamation of many cultures in the arena of one country. On the other hand, the novel can be viewed as a very personal story about one man's journey out of despair. Write an essay chronicling Shadow Moon's character arc. How is he denied any objective by circumstance at the outset of the story? Why does he join Wednesday's campaign, and over the course of it, why does he choose not to commit suicide? By the end of the novel, has Shadow reached some state of new contentment?

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