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 does Ikey end up putting in his pocket after much difficulty?

2. What looms in the distance as the narrator examines his surroundings off the bus?

3. What about the space felt different after the narrator got out of the bus?

4. What does the ghost by the tree refer to the idea of staying?

5. What does the narrator say is heavier than a sack of coal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Bright Person ask the ghost of the Fat Man about his father? What does the ghost say the Bright Person was wrong about?

2. How does the Big Man feel about his indiscretions being disclosed? What does he do?

3. What does the narrator try to pick up after getting off the bus?

4. What happens to the Short Man in the line next to the narrator?

5. What does the narrator want to do at the river? How does this work out?

6. What does the Hard-Bitten Ghost invite the narrator to do? What is his reply?

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

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

9. What does the solid person tell the Big Man about Jack?

10. What does the narrator do when he sees the bright light? What is the reaction and appearance of the other passengers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role that "pride" plays in The Great Divorce. Which characters are afflicted with the sin of pride? How? What does the author illuminate regarding pride as a sin? Does he have a "moral" regarding this subject?

Essay Topic 3

From what point of view is the novel written? In what tense is it written? Define the terms which apply to these forms as discussed in class. In what ways does a narrative written in this point of view allow the reader greater understanding of the characters?

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