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. Swan recognizes that the evil man is the person she has seen ___________.

2. What was Glory's husband's profession?

3. Who threatens Swan and Sister for information about the location of the glass ring?

4. Why did Vulcevic and his family come to Mary's Rest?

5. What abnormality did Ben Caidin have before the mask grew over his face?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on events at Mary's Rest and within the Army of Excellence, what effect do the Job's Masks appear to have on their wearer's faces?

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

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

4. What is revealed when Swan's mask falls off?

5. How does Roland feel about Macklin during the fighting with the American Allegiance and Mary's Rest?

6. What does Macklin think of what his Job's Mask has done to his face?

7. How does Swan defeat Friend in the end?

8. What effect does the shard from the glass ring have on Hugh?

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

10. What happens between Swan and the evil man at the apple truck?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the Job's Masks begin to form on people's faces, there is massive discrimination against the afflicted. Innocents like Swan are treated extremely poorly, and some people, like Macklin and Roland, go to great lengths to conceal their affliction. While this treatment is terrible, it is at least marginally understandable. The masks are terrible to look at, and the survivors in the post-blast world have little time for tolerance and acceptance.

1) Describe the Job's Masks and explain why people discriminate against those who carry them. Explain some common beliefs about the masks that survivors hold in the time before their true function becomes widely known.

2) Discuss the ways that various people discriminate against those afflicted with the masks, including the intense persecution that Macklin lays against them.

3) Explain the way that many of the afflicted feel about their treatment, citing specific examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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