The Great Divorce Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. The Ghost tells the Bright Man called Dick that his views were wrong about this in life:

2. What does the narrator come to envy as he begins exploring?

3. What does Dick ask the Episcopal Ghost to do?

4. What does the Solid Man tell the Big Man there is none of here?

5. What does the narrator ask his new companion about the gray town?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long does the narrator travel on the river? How far does he go?

2. How does the Hard-Bitten Ghost respond to the narrator's suggestion that they will grow more solid as they acclimate to Heaven?

3. What is the ghost in the bushes doing? Who is this ghost?

4. Why does the narrator stop walking on the river? What does he see up the slope?

5. How does the Big Man reply when the solid person offers him help up the mountain? What does the solid person try to convince him of?

6. How does the narrator move two spaces in line after he joins in waiting?

7. What does the Hard-Bitten Ghost plan on doing? Why?

8. Why does the Young Man tell the narrator he is going on the bus?

9. Describe the setting in which the narrator finds himself in at the beginning of the book.

10. Where has the Hard-Bitten Ghost been? What does he say of these places?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of love and lust in The Great Divorce. How are "defective love" and "lust" compared? How does the author exemplify this through parable?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the plot structure of The Great Divorce. Include examples of and define the terms rising action, climax, and falling action in your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of the narrator and MacDonald. How are these characters alike? How are they different? What are the traits of each?

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