Swan Song Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert R. McCammon
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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. Colonel Macklin is encouraged by a mysterious entity that he calls __________.

2. Why does Macklin go to the lake after he, Roland, and Sheila move into the settlement?

3. As she travels through New York city, Sister Creep observes the effects of a strike by __________.

4. How does Josh's opponent become injured during their match in Chapter 3?

5. At the end of Chapter 2, where does Sister Creep decide to hide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the state of the survivors in PawPaw's shelter at the end of Chapter 17?

2. Describe the dream that Sister Creep has when she is hiding in the unused subway tunnels.

3. What happens to the leadership of the American government shortly after the nuclear attacks begin?

4. How does Swan's group react to seeing the lit K-mart?

5. How do Roland, Macklin, and Warner plan to gain access to Earth House's emergency stores? How successful is their plan?

6. How does Sister Creep react to seeing the Spanish woman's dead child?

7. What is the strategy of the United States to prevent further advances by the USSR?

8. What new power does Swan exhibit for the first time while Josh digs out from PawPaw's shelter?

9. Why does Sister decide to continue to Kansas?

10. What connections are drawn between Doyle Halland and wolves in this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Macklin forms the Army of Excellence in order to expand his power and satisfy the depraved urges of the Shadow Soldier for blood and destruction. The Army is relatively successful under Macklin's command. It defeats many other armies and lays waste to Mary's Rest, nearly destroying everything that Swan and the other protagonists have worked for.

1) Explain how the Army of Excellence is formed, how it is commanded, organized, and run.

2) Describe the goals of the army and how is goes about achieving them.

3) Discuss the moral character of the army as a whole. What evil or unsavory acts does it condone? In what evil acts does it engage? What is Macklin's influence on these acts?

4) Summarize the effectiveness and success of the army, citing specific examples given in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Family is extremely important to some characters in the novel. Swan, Josh, Roland, and others come from backgrounds of broken families. They struggle to deal with their needs for companionship and company.

1) Identify the characters that struggle with family identity. Explain what problems are caused for them by this struggle.

2) Discuss some of the improvised families that form over the course of the novel. How do these social groups support their members and improve their lives?

3) Explain the importance of the theme of family to the overall message of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the novel, the President of the united states is obsessed with fire. He says that mankind has always been obsessed with it, and he becomes obsessed with it himself. Fire recurs throughout the novel as a powerful symbol, being particularly associated with Friend. Near the end of the novel, it is revealed that the former President intends to activate a doomsday device that melts the ice caps, which is another use of fire for destructive ends.

1) Discuss the President's interest in and obsession with fire as a symbol. Explain what causes this obsession and how it affects him after the nuclear blasts.

2) Cite examples from the book to describe how fire is associated with Friend. What theme does the author establish through the use of this association?

3) Describe other uses of fire as a symbol in the novel, including Rusty's saying of "fighting fire with fire."

4) Explain what fire is intended to represent in the novel, and how this concept stands contrary to what the protagonists are trying to achieve.

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