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. What is remarkable about the people who approach from the mountain?

2. Whose job is it, according to the Hard-Bitten Ghost, to find something that doesn't "bore us"?

3. How long does it take Ikey to reach the great tree as the narrator watches?

4. What grows around the tree preventing Ikey from touching the tree?

5. How far does the narrator make it walking for an hour in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the man in the bowler hat believe would make the people in the gray town satisfied?

2. What does the ghost of the Fat Man say when the Bright Person asks him to go to the mountains with him?

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

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

5. What does the place appear as when the narrator gets off the bus?

6. What has the Conscientious Objector encountered since his death? Why is he on the bus?

7. Why does the man in the bowler hat tell the narrator the gray town seemed so desolate?

8. What does the narrator see coming down from the mountains to meet the ghosts? What is their appearance?

9. What is the narrator's experience walking on the grass? What does he envy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of imagery in The Great Divorce. In your answer, define the terms simile and metaphor. Give examples of each.

Essay Topic 2

What is "Speculative Fiction?" How is The Great Divorce a part of this genre? Who coined the phrase and how is Speculative Fiction differentiated from Science Fiction or Fantasy?

Essay Topic 3

How does the character of MacDonald serve the novel? What is the literary term that may be applied to him? What are his major characteristics? What does he represent symbolically?

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