Kingdom Come 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. While the cable car full of passengers falls, what does the "blur of motion" change to save the people?

2. To whom is Xu'ffasch heir?

3. Where is Norman McKay visiting Wesley?

4. Who is NOT one of the seven heroes to appear in the sky during Americommando's rampage?

5. What book is Wesley quoting in the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Wonder Woman visit Superman in "Strange Visitor?"

2. What constitutes Wesley Dodd's final moments?

3. 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?

4. What active superheroes from the older generation are shown to Norman McKay in the first chapter and how do they keep people safe?

5. According to the Spectre, why are the members of the U.N. uneasy with the reappearance of the older superheroes?

6. Why does Batman refuse to join up with Superman?

7. What preempts the appearance of the seven superheroes at the Status of Liberty?

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

9. How does Magog feel about himself and Superman?

10. What events led to the conflicts between Magog and Superman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The art of telling a story through a graphic novel is vastly different from telling a story in novel form. Discuss how a writer and artist must work together to create a comic book, especially one of the magnitude of "Kingdom Come." What were their processes? How did they strike the balance between visual and written story-telling? How did the art help develop the characters? How did the writing help develop the art? Feel free to pick a specific scene from the book in order to more effectively illustrate your ideas and points.

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