The Golden Compass 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. What daemons do the Sibirirsk regiments have?

2. While pursuing Lord Asriel, Lyra and Iorek reach a bridge where they are forced to

3. When the alethiometer tells Lyra that there is a ghost in a village near the Bolvangar, she thinks the ghost may be that of a

4. When Iorek and Lyra reach the village near the Bolvangar, they are met by what?

5. While they are talking at Lord Asriel's home in the North, Asriel tells Lyra that Dust is

Short Essay Questions

1. When Lyra and the Gyptians are attacked by surprise in the North, Lyra is abducted. Who takes her, and where do they go?

2. Summarize what Lyra overhears of the conversation about escaped daemons between Mrs. Coulter and the men in the conference room.

3. Right before the battle between Iorek and Iofur, Lyra asks to meet and speak with Iorek. Why does she do this?

4. As children line up to get hot drinks at the canteen at the Bolvangar, what does Lyra reveal to them about her escape plan?

5. At the Bolvangar, how does Lyra contact Roger without attracting attention?

6. Lyra is traveling in Scoresby's balloon. When Lyra asks Serafina about the future of Lord Asriel, what does the witch, who is flying next to the balloon, explain?

7. Describe the battle that interrupts Lyra, Iorek, and the other bears as they chase after the tracks made by Lord Asriel's sledge.

8. When Lyra is imprisoned by the armored bears, she reads her alethiometer with help from Pan, who transforms himself into a firefly. What information does the alethiometer reveal?

9. Why does Iorek take Lyra to the village near the Bolvangar?

10. At the Bolvangar, what do the three girls who wake Lyra up tell her about what goes on there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though Lord Asriel is Lyra's father, Iorek serves as her father figure.

1. Compare and contrast Lord Asriel and Iorek.

2. Which one is more of a father to Lyra? Why?

Essay Topic 2

1. Describe the primary characteristics of these groups of beings in Pullman's story: Gyptians, witches, Tartars, armored bears.

2. List the strengths and weaknesses of each group.

3. For each group, cite one instance in which a characteristic of the group benefits Lyra's cause.

Essay Topic 3

Even though Lyra lives in a dangerous world with many secrets, lies, and backstabbing, the idealism and hopefulness associated with childhood often shine through her. Summarize three cases where Lyra's youthful outlook serves as a bright light in a dark world.

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