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. Who captures Harry?

2. What does Harry do when he has Susan hanging in the air?

3. What does Cassius claim that Michael and Sanya must accept at face value?

4. What does Susan warn Harry to do?

5. What is the substance to be used in the duel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Susan say about the Fellowship?

2. Why does Marcone agree to help Harry and the Knights and how does Marcone do so?

3. How does Harry reveal who Cassius is masquerading as, and how does Harry know to do so?

4. Describe the battle for the Shroud on the train.

5. Who does Harry find with the Shroud when he tracks it to a small room in the hotel, and what does he overhear her saying to Marcone?

6. What is negotiated when Shiro arrives?

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

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

9. Describe the duel between Ortega and Harry.

10. What does Harry finally get out of Cassius about the Shroud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry Dresden is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Death Masks and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Harry who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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