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. On what story does Adam ask Raphael to elaborate?

2. What does God feel when he looks down on Adam and Eve in this chapter?

3. What does Adam promise never to forget?

4. What do the spirits battles cause?

5. Why is Satan so touched by his followers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Satan think they can defeat God?

3. What will happen on the third day of the fight?

4. What theme does the Son of God's sacrifice introduce?

5. What theme do Satan's doubts introduce to the poem?

6. What does Moloch advise?

7. Describe the doubts that Satan has in Book 4.

8. What argument does Abdiel present to Satan?

9. How can the Son of God defeat evil?

10. How do you think Satan has attracted followers onto his side?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paradise lost is made up of 12 books. Examine the structure of the poem.

1) How does Milton develop the theme of good and evil?

2) Why do Milton actually mention that the story is changing into a tragedy?

3) How does the structure subvert what we already know about the story of the Fall of Man?

Essay Topic 2

Satan destroys God's creation because he wants to be heard and not ordered. Do you think Milton represents God as someone who refuses to listen? Does God oppress Satan and his followers? Can you understand why Satan revolted against heaven?

Essay Topic 3

Using examples to support your argument, discuss the following statement: "Milton's poem is not too close to the Bible story to express anything that is different."

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