Journey to the East Test | Mid-Book 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. In Part I, how does the narrator describe encounters with different parties?

2. What does the narrator say each member on the Journey East has to have?

3. How does the narrator describe the times early in Part I?

4. What leads to heated arguments within the group at the beginning of Part II?

5. What does the narrator's vow to the League forbid him to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part II, does H.H. believe he can tell his story?

2. Why do you think H.H. says there was a leaning towards Easter religions after the World War?

3. Who does H.H. compare his journey and its participants to in Part II?

4. What does H.H. say happens to the overall mood of the journey at the beginning of Part II?

5. What spiritual advances does H.H. say occurs just after the World War?

6. What extraordinary thing happens to each member of the journey in Morbio Inferore?

7. How does H.H. describe his self-reflection at the end of Part II?

8. In Part I, why does H.H. say the "Third Empire" has shattered?

9. What reason does H.H. give in Part I about readers of his memoirs not comprehending them?

10. Describe what happens to upset the journey members as Part II begins.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator says in Part I that generations try to suppress what previous generations have done. What does he say generations will recall about horrible things they endured? What does he seem to be referring to? Is there a particular character he might be speaking of? If so, who and why?

Essay Topic 2

Lukas makes comparisons between his experiences in the World War and H.H.'s experiences on his journey. What comparisons does he make? What does Lukas say about any attempts to write down personal experiences? Do you agree with Lukas? Compare and contrast what H.H. says about his experiences in trying to write his memoirs and what Lukas says about writing. Why do you think Lukas was able to succeed when H.H. cannot?

Essay Topic 3

H.H. compares himself to historians trying to record events. How does he describe the episode he wishes to record? How does he choose to record his events? What difficulties does he encounter when he tries to recall his story?

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