Eric 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. Who shows Rincewind and Eric the way out of Hell?

2. What does Eric want to be when he grows up?

3. What business does Astfgl write that he's in at the end of the novel?

4. How many children does Rincewind count around Elenor?

5. What does the man forever doomed to push a rock up a hill have to do once a week?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Duke Vassenego.

2. Describe "the bill" where Rincwind and Eric are transported after leaving Tsort.

3. How are Rincewind and Eric able to enter the portal to Hell?

4. What is Lavaeolus' fate?

5. Describe Hell under Astfgl's rule.

6. What is Duke Vassanego's plan to overthrow Astfgl?

7. What is different about Hell's boredom from the boredom that Rincewind likes?

8. How is Astfgl instrumental in the ending of his own reign?

9. After contemplating whether Lavaeolus should be warned about his fate, why does Rincewind choose not to?

10. Describe Hell's demons.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the main conflict of "Eric": man vs. man, man vs. machine/technology, man vs. nature, man vs. self, man vs. society, man vs. supernatural, and man vs. destiny. Cite scenes to reinforce your choice, explaining what makes it central to the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Examine Astfgl as a leader. Determine if he is a respected and successful leader.

a) Describe his successes.

b) Describe his failures.

c) How do demons behave in his presence? How do demons view him and his policies?

d) What is main goal as leader? What steps does he take to achieve his goal?

e) What qualities does he have that other demons lack?

f) How does he bring about his own downfall?

Essay Topic 3

Author Terry Pratchett uses footnotes. Describe the purpose of the footnotes. How do they fit the genre? What do they clarify? Is it necessary to read the author's other Discworld books to understand them? Would the quality and enjoyment of the novel suffer from their absence?

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