The Great Divorce Test | Final 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 appeared to follow the glorious woman who was being praised in Chapter 12?

2. What, according to MacDonald, can a horse not sympathize with?

3. What does the Solid Person remind Pam that her son was at first?

4. What does the Solid Man tell Pam she can't do to anyone in this country?

5. What does MacDonald say is young?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Female Ghost say about the flowers she put on Robert's desk?

2. How does MacDonald explain Heaven, Hell and Purgatory to the narrator?

3. What do the two ghosts do when Sarah asks for forgiveness?

4. Who is the Bright Person who approaches the narrator? What is his appearance?

5. What creatures appear when the Bright Person blows the horn? What is their appearance?

6. What does MacDonald tell the narrator about the beautiful woman in the procession?

7. Why is the Well-Dressed Ghost fearful of going into the mountains with the Bright People?

8. What does Sarah do when the dwarf disappears?

9. Why does MacDonald tell the narrator that the ghosts choose not to take the bus to Heaven?

10. Why does the Female Ghost change her mind about seeing Robert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of "Free Will." What is the definition of this term? How does it apply to The Great Divorce? How does this theme tie into other themes in the novel?

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

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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