American Gods Test | Final 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. What news does Marguerite Olson bring to Shadow when he returns to Lakeside in Chapter 12?

2. Which seemingly mortal individual turns out to be a god in Chapter 14?

3. What woman visits Shadow on the tree on the second day of the vigil?

4. What merciful occurrence happens at the end of the first day of Shadow's vigil?

5. Who is revealed to be Shadow's father in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the war begin in Chapter 12?

2. How does Laura Moon kill Mr. World in Chapter 18?

3. Why have children been disappearing for years in Lakewood?

4. How does Shadow's journey in Chapter 16 end?

5. Why does Easter not want to join Wednesday's campaign, and how does he convince he to?

6. What is Loki and Wednesday's plan for the battle?

7. What is backstage?

8. What major plot development does Shadow witness from his jail television in Chapter 13?

9. How does Shadow Moon interact with the camp of the new gods in Chapter 14?

10. What connection forms between Wututu and Agasu when they are taken to America?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many respects, the main character of Neil Gaiman's novel is America. In his understanding, the "melting pot" is a profoundly spiritual place because it has embraced so many different spirits. Write an essay on the topic of the novel as a treatise celebrating America's spiritual past. What faiths does the narrative encompass? What value does it assign each? Is one more important than the others? Do you think that Gaiman, a Brit, presents a largely positive or negative picture of America in AMERICAN GODS? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Shadow Moon has two relationships that are juxtaposed in the novel: one with Wednesday and one with Laura Moon. Write an essay about this juxtaposition. Of which relationship is Shadow inherently more wary? Which one does he pursue with more commitment? How does each relationship contain a major betrayal? In the end, is Shadow stronger for his weathering both of these unhealthy relationships?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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