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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. According to the Spectre, why are the U.N. delegates finally afraid?
2. When the Spectre takes Norman with him to Superman's farm in Chapter 1, what does he reveal to the pastor?
3. Who is responsible for the nuclear explosion in the Midwest?
4. In "Truth and Justice," who warns Superman that his actions could lead to the end of the world?
5. During the first battle in "Truth and Justice," who neutralizes the Brain Trust?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Batman refuse to join up with Superman?
2. In what ways has Superman changed from his iconic look in his first appearance in this book?
3. At the very end of "Strange Visitor," how and why are Norman McKay's expectations of hope defeated?
4. Why has Wonder Woman been stripped of her title and heritage?
5. Why does Batman spend all of his days and nights in the Bat Cave?
6. 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?
7. How does Magog feel about himself and Superman?
8. Why is Americommando attacking the immigrants and refugees at the Statue of Liberty?
9. During the battle at the end of "Strange Visitor," what leads up to the cable car falling?
10. Why does Wonder Woman visit Superman in "Strange Visitor?"
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the role of responsibility in "Kingdom Come." How does this affect the younger meta-humans? In what way does Superman abandon his responsibilities and how does he redeem himself? What responsibilities does Norman McKay fail to perform in the beginning of "Kingdom Come?" How do the humans and the delegates of the U.N. factor into this? In particular, how does this relate to the relationship between Magog and Superman? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
During a meeting with the Mankind Liberation Front, Lex Luthor's son asks if the younger superheroes in Batman's team are prepared to fight against their sires and elders, to which Batman responds, "aren't all young people, son?" How can this story be seen as a generational conflict? One of the reasons that Superman put himself into exile was because he refused to change with the times and become the fast, violent hero the public was clamoring for, such as Magog. Is this the only reason Superman left Metropolis? Why was his departure the end of the generational superheroes as the world had previously known? What is significant about Wonder Woman's statement that their generation always takes their lead from his actions? How does this affect the other superheroes? In what ways does "Kingdom Come" reveal the futility of warring against generations, particularly in regards to belief systems? How is Norman McKay and Superman both symbols of an earlier time, integrating into a newer generation?
Essay Topic 3
During his confrontation with Superman, Magog says that while he initially believed Superman to be afraid of him, he soon realized that he, indeed, was "afraid ... that I was the man of tomorrow. You were afraid of the future I represented." How does this statement relate to Superman's contemporaries? Did Superman's fears about Magog being the future come true? Why or why not? In what way does this foreshadow Norman's final statement in chapter four that the future is always left up to interpretation? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
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