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. What does Sister Creep leave behind as she runs through Manhattan after emerging from the subway tunnels?

2. What does Josh find that has begun to grow where Swan has been sleeping?

3. The men who rescue sister's group ride what kind of a vehicle?

4. What was Josh Hutchins' former profession?

5. Sister's group passes through what tunnel as they flee Manhattan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What disagreement does Colonel Macklin have with the builders of Earth House?

2. What decision does Josh make while he and the others are sleeping in the barn, and what is its significance?

3. What special powers does the glass ring exhibit as Sister and her group begin to use it?

4. What is unusual about the fight that Josh engages in in Chapter 2?

5. What unusual abilities does Swan seem to possess?

6. Describe Sister Creep's reaction when she emerges from the subway tunnels.

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

8. What happens to Roland's parents during the fighting in Earth House?

9. What inner struggle does Macklin go through after he and the others move into the Salt Lake settlement?

10. Describe the ritual that the survivors in Paul's cabin carry out every day.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leona introduces the theme of inner and outward beauty when she meets Swan. Soon after, the Job's Masks begin to take effect on many survivors.

1) Explain Leona's comments about a person's inner and outward face.

2) Discuss the impact that the Job's masks have on their wearers before the masks' real function becomes widely known.

3) Describe the function of Job's Masks and use specific examples to explain how they help to reflect a person's inner beauty or ugliness.

4) Speculate as to the intent and purpose behind the Job's Masks and describe what kind of a being would have an interest in bringing about the masks' observed effects.

Essay Topic 2

Swan and the evil man are set up as diametrically opposed forces that eventually come into conflict near the end of the novel.

1) Describe Swan as a character and explain her powers. Discuss her capacities for forgiveness and compassion and their narrative importance.

2) Explain the evil man's powers, goals, and potential origins.

3) Explain how Swan and the evil man's personalities and goals stand in direct contradiction of one another.

4) Discuss some of the encounters between Swan and the evil man. Explain why he is unable to defeat Swan.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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