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. What does Aaron find using the dowsing rod called Crybaby?

2. According to Sister and Josh, what is the evil man's weakness?

3. What does Robin offer to Swan just before he accidentally confesses his love for her?

4. When Macklin summons Sheila to his tent, what does he want her to do for him?

5. What security measure does Friend bypass on Warwick Mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Swan trapped and then freed?

4. How does touching the glass ring for the first time change Swan?

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

6. How is Swan's group welcomed to Mary's Rest?

7. What does Swan realize about the dead child?

8. How has the Army of Excellence evolved since the events of Book One?

9. How does Rusty save Swan?

10. What happens to Sister's group when they become lost in the forest on the way to Mary's Rest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the novel, the threat of nuclear war looms over the characters. The tensions between the United States and Russia are at an all-time high, and nuclear attacks could start at any minute. The characters live in fear and don't know how to deal with the enormity of the threat.

1) Explain the diplomatic situation at the beginning of the novel that puts the United States and Russia at the brink of nuclear war.

2) Discuss some of the reactions various people have to this threat. Explain the range of reactions, and discuss how rational or reactionary these behaviors are.

3) Discuss how reasonable and believable these reactions are, and speculate as to what some other reactions might be.

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