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 is the living repository of all knowledge?

2. Who does Harry want to avoid?

3. What is The Etranger?

4. Who is Ortega?

5. What is Lindquist's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ulsharavas tell Harry the Shroud is and what does she say in addition to giving the location?

2. Where and with whom does Harry appear in Chapter 1?

3. What does Harry learn from Butters and what does Harry speculate about concerning the information?

4. What does Susan tell Harry on the phone about a charity event?

5. What does Harry learn about the corpse while at the morgue?

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

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

8. How does Harry arm himself and why does it then seem unnecessary?

9. Who has arrived at Harry's door, and why are they there?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Death Masks. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Butcher chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Butcher chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Butcher's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Butcher use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Death Masks, there is a great deal of new magical terms and familiar words with new meanings. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of Death Masks that are a part of the language but mean something different. Define the words as used in Death Masks and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. How does the language of Death Masks from that of real world Chicago? Are there words you did not know in Death Masks? What? How do you learn their meanings? What does it mean to grasp a the meaning of a word through its context? Can you do that in Death Masks? Give an example of several words whose definition are made clear through the context of how the word is used.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Death Masks through its vocabulary. Did you have to look up any words?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from Death Masks? Which ones? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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