Swan Song Test | Final 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. On the way to Mary's Rest, where does Sister's group become lost?

2. Where do Hayes and Macklin's armies do battle?

3. What is the name of the person whom Roland visits in the American Allegiance?

4. The dead child at the lake in Mary's Rest died while _____________.

5. What happens to the barn where Mule is resting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Robin want to see Swan?

2. What does Swan realize about the dead child?

3. What arrangements does the evil man make with the Army of Excellence?

4. How do Sister and Swan recover the glass ring?

5. What preparation does the town make to defend itself from the Army of Excellence?

6. Why does the former President want to activate the doomsday device?

7. Why does Robin decide to help Sister's group?

8. What is Sister's old mantra, and how does it help her on her way to Mary's Rest?

9. Explain the interaction Swan has with the Moodys' apple tree.

10. What does Hugh say about the state of the western part of the United States ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, many characters sacrifice themselves for causes they believe are more important than themselves. These decisions are obviously not easy, but they are made quickly and with no regrets.

1) Explain the sacrifices that Leona and Rusty make for Swan's sake.

2) Explain Macklin's sacrifice at the end of the novel. Why was this action relatively unexpected? Discuss whether or not this act does anything to redeem Macklin.

3) Discuss why some characters become quickly resolved to lay down their lives, whereas others do not rise to the challenge.

4) Explain the importance of the theme of sacrifice to the overall theme of forgiveness and redemption in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Many people and artifacts exhibit miraculous powers throughout the novel. It is clear that after the blasts, the world has changed in some fundamental ways. Magical or divine powers are present in the world and commonplace in the narrative of the protagonists.

1) Discuss the individuals who are known to demonstrate supernatural powers. Speculate as to where and how these powers might originate.

2) Explain some of the artifacts that are known to possess supernatural powers. Where do these objects originate? Were they mundane before the blasts? What imbued them with power?

3) Describe some of the ways that these miraculous powers affect the plot of the novel. Explain situations wherein they were critical to the story. Explain other important situations where they were merely incidental, and the focus of the story is on the people and their interactions, feelings, or emotions.

Essay Topic 3

Many characters believe they are touched and affected by destiny. They see themselves as having a specific purpose and are driven to fulfill it. Rarely does this steer the characters in the wrong way, tending to confirm their beliefs. In most cases, the protagonists who embrace their destinies meet with success and gain the strength that they need in order to carry on.

1) Discuss Josh and his perception of his purpose and destiny. Describe how his destiny is imparted to him, how well he pursues it, and how embracing it gives him strength at various points in the novel.

2) Describe Sister's deep-seated belief in her destiny and her role in the world. How is this belief affect by her deep faith? How does her belief in her destiny help her to stay on her intended path?

3) Discuss some of the other minor characters who are driven by what they perceive to be their destinies.

4) Summarize the effect of destiny on the protagonists of the story. Are their beliefs usually well founded or erroneous? Are they helpful or harmful?

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