Kingdom Come Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mark Waid
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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 the dialogue-free panels of people reacting to a news bulletin, what state in America has made the news?

2. Of what does Wesley claim to be the recipient?

3. What work is being quoted at the beginning of "Truth and Justice?"

4. How does the Spectre refer to Superman and Batman back in their prime?

5. What appears to be the main scourge of Earth in the first chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads up to Wesley Dodd asking random people on the street if "they missed the concept of human achievement?" and what did he mean?

2. At the very end of "Strange Visitor," how and why are Norman McKay's expectations of hope defeated?

3. What does Superman vow to do in his press conference in "Truth and Justice?"

4. Of what does Norman preach to his congregation in "Strange Visitor" and why?

5. How does Magog feel about himself and Superman?

6. In what ways has Superman changed from his iconic look in his first appearance in this book?

7. Why is Americommando attacking the immigrants and refugees at the Statue of Liberty?

8. Of what does Orion warn Superman?

9. What has happened to Kansas?

10. Why does the Spectre come to Norman McKay?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The destruction of Kansas is the turning point for society's views on meta-humans. It is also the event that finally brings Superman out of his self-imposed exile. Discuss the symbolism of the Kansas disaster in the following format:

Part 1) The shattering of hope, especially for Norman McKay.

Part 2) The confirmation of the public's realization that they have too readily embraced violence as a solution.

Part 3) The eventual acceptance of guilt and blame by all meta-humans at the end of the book.

Part 4) The fragility of human life, especially in comparison to the meta-humans.

Part 5) A symbol of redemption and rebirth.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the Spectre in "Kingdom Come" in the following format:

Part 1) Norman McKay's observations about the Spectre and his relationship with him.

Part 2) The Spectre's previous life as a police officer and superhero.

Part 3) His need to cast judgment and near-abandonment of a raging Superman.

Part 4) The observations of Deadman about the Spectre losing touch with his humanity.

Part 5) The Spectre's new role as a parishioner in Norman's congregation, as well as being a friend.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the biblical allegories of "Kingdom Come" in the following format:

1) Superman and Captain Marvel as Christ-like figures.

2) Revelation.

3) Lex Luthor.

4) The view of the meta-humans as gods.

5) Redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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