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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. Whose palace sends a squad of guards to come investigate the sudden poltergeist activity at the university?

2. What is the name of the zombie that first greets Windle Poons at his first meeting of the Fresh Start Club?

3. What is the name of the supreme god that oversees the meeting held at the beginning of the book?

4. What does Bill Door claim he has no belief in after admitting he is afraid of dying?

5. What does Miss Flitworth try to kill with poisoned food?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are city eggs first described?

2. What does Mrs. Cake tell Windle Poons about the imbalance of life force between the present world and the astral?

3. How does the narrator compare two experiences of life with mayflies and pine trees?

4. What does the narrator explain is the repercussion of the absence of death?

5. What does Bill Door tell Miss Flitworth about the nature of borrowed time?

6. How does Bill Door use the scythe to cut Miss Fitworth's grass?

7. How is Death's meeting with the Auditors atop a mountain described?

8. How is the nature of Lupine's character first described in the book?

9. How is Miss Flitwotrh's parlor described in the book?

10. How is Windle Poons' first suicide attempt described?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's portrayal of class in the book. How does the author portray the undead characters in the book as a lesser class than humans, wizards and other characters and what deeper meaning might he wish for you to gain from this presentation?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of death is the leading theme in the book's overall message to readers. Part 1.) What can we learn about the nature of how others perceive death based on the narrator's suggestion that is created by our feelings toward it? Part 2.) How does Death's escape into the world as Bill Door suggest flaws in our perceptions of the nature of death? Part 3.) How can it be argued that death is the central theme found in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Humanity is a theme examined throughout the book, especially when compared to the lives of wizards and other paranormal beings. Part 1.) How is humanity put to test in the novel from the invasion of the city eggs? Part 2.) How is Windle Poons' opinion of humanity changed after he becomes undead? Part 3.) What lessons does Death learn about humanity while living as Bill Door?

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