Death Masks Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jim Butcher
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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 happens when Harry is sure of Susan's identity?

2. What makes it difficult for evil supernatural forces to enter a place?

3. Where is Harry's laboratory?

4. What question does the spirit Harry summons about the Shroud ask Harry?

5. What is The Archive there to discuss with Harry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Susan and what does Mortimer say about her?

2. What are Harry's options for weapons in the duel and what does he at first choose?

3. Who does Harry encounter on the Erlanger and what do they order him to do?

4. Who are the other two guests on the talk show?

5. What is Harry's reaction to the mention of the focusing coin?

6. What does Karrin Murphy relay to Harry when he arrives back home?

7. Who calls Harry after he has gone to bed and what does she want?

8. Why does Harry lead Susan into his apartment but not invite her in?

9. What do Ebenezar McCoy and Harry talk about on the phone?

10. What does Harry tell Father Vincent when Harry calls him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Jim Butcher.

2. What in Butcher's background may have helped him in writing Death Masks? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Death Masks.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Death Masks. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Death Masks. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Death Masks. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in Death Masks. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of knowing yourself in Death Masks. Consider the apparent lack of self knowledge of Harry as opposed to Shiro who seems to know himself well.

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