The Neverending Story 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. Who is the Golden-eyed Commander of Wishes?

2. Blubb has been sent to inform whom about the Nothing that is spreading?

3. How does Bastian think his father will take Bastian's leaving?

4. In what type of store does Bastian hide from his classmates?

5. As they gather a few floors below the pavilion, how many doctors have already assembled from all over Fantastica?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Atreyu's encounter with Morla.

2. What creature does Atreyu find chained in the ghost town and why does it tell him it is chained there?

3. Who is Uyulala?

4. What is Cairon, the 500th doctor's mission?

5. Explain how the geography of Fantastica works.

6. What is Ygramul the Many?

7. How does Bastian feel about himself in the prologue?

8. Describe the owner of the bookstore where Bastian hides.

9. Explain how Bastian's father became so distant.

10. Describe how Bastian's attitude changes as he arrives at school.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what each of the three Southern Oracle gates represents. What lessons do they teach? How are those lessons applied, later in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the story is about the power to manipulate people or events. Using examples from the story, as well as daily life, explain ways in which people try to manipulate both other people and situations. Do you feel that it is ever good or necessary to try to manipulate others or a situation? Explain your answer in detail.

Essay Topic 3

Answer any one of the following three questions using examples from the story to support your answer:

1. Is the Neverending Story a metaphor for life? If so, why? If not, why not?

2. What is the difference between a dream, a fantasy and a wish in both the book and real life?

3. How important is self image, both to Bastian and to people in general, and how does it change a person's views and actions?

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