Paradise Lost 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. What does Abdiel call Satan?

2. Who does Gabriel instruct to find the evil spirit?

3. What does Satan say hypocrisy is?

4. Which demon claims the right to carry Satan's standard?

5. What does Satan say is the only thing that Heaven has?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what is Satan's battle with God a metaphor?

2. What does Belial argue?

3. Why can Satan not be redeemed?

4. What does Moloch advise?

5. Why does Satan think it is best to stay in Hell?

6. What is Satan's role in Paradise Lost?

7. How does Adam comfort Eve when she worries about her dream?

8. Why will man's fall be the fault of man?

9. What does Beezlebub advise?

10. What argument does Abdiel present to Satan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the first examples of Satan in fiction? How has the the representation of Satan developed over the years? What are the differences between the representation of Satan in the 17th Century compared to today?

Essay Topic 2

Pick two different settings in the novel and discuss how different characters act in different settings and the reasons why. For example, what is it about Paradise that makes Satan so uncomfortable?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the main themes of the poem. Why do you think these themes are so important? How does Milton use character and setting to express these themes?

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