Death Masks Test | Final 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 reason does Harry say that Susan cannot leave his apartment for a few hours?

2. What is evidence of a spell that hold Susan's vampiric powers and hungers in check?

3. When do Susan's powers subside?

4. For how long does Shiro agree to stand in for Harry?

5. What option does Ortega offer Harry to satisfy the honor of the Red Court?

Short Essay Questions

1. What alternative to the duel does Ortega offer Harry and what is Harry's response?

2. How does Anna trick Harry and escape from Father Forthill's?

3. What is Harry's reaction to the sample of the Shroud he picks up on the way to the meeting about the duel?

4. How does Harry restrain Susan?

5. What does Susan say about the Fellowship?

6. Describe the fight between the demons and Harry and Anna.

7. Why does Susan want to leave Harry's apartment and why can't she?

8. What question does Susan refuse to answer when asked by Harry and what appears on her body?

9. What does Nicodemus offer Harry and what is Harry's reply?

10. Who does Harry meet at the airport and what do they realize about what Nicodemus plans to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Death Masks, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Death Masks. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

While facing the prospect of a duel with a vengeful and powerful vampire, Harry also has to navigate the temptations posed by the return of a sexy ex-girlfriend, track a missing religious artifact, and honestly answer some difficult personal questions about faith. As the action builds relentlessly to a final, apocalyptic confrontation between the forces of good and evil, the narrative also explores thematic questions related to the value of personal integrity and the temptations of power.

1. Explain two situations in which Harry had to rely on faith to get through the situation. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss three examples in Death Masks where Harry or another character demonstrated integrity in dealing with a situation. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depth, what you think draws people to power and why some people seem to need power and others ignore it. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The ultimate success of a book hinges on many factors. A book such as Death Masks is difficult to gauge its success because it is one in a series of books about Harry Dresden. Nonetheless, there are some aspects of any book that must be rendered well in order for it to be considered a successful work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. What are some aspects of Death Masks that contribute to it being a successful novel? Give examples.

2. What are some aspects of Death Masks that should be changed to make it an even more successful novel? Give examples.

3. Discuss five aspects of any work of fiction that need to be present and done well to make it a successful novel.

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