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 is on the table in Chapter 14?

2. What does MacDonald tell the narrator he's been doing all this time in Chapter 14?

3. MacDonald says that of the Saved, what happens to them is best described as the opposite of what?

4. What does MacDonald say is young?

5. What does MacDonald say that Hell does not have the power to do over Heaven?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What analogy does the narrator conclude about the figures and the table in Chapter 14?

3. What does the narrator do when MacDonald offers to walk with him uphill? What is the sensation he speaks of?

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

5. Why does the Female Ghost encountered by the narrator and MacDonald say she wouldn't stay in Heaven?

6. How does MacDonald explain the size of Hell to the narrator?

7. What does Pam's brother tell her about the love of God? How must she change in order to see her son?

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

9. Where does the Bright Person tell Pam her son Michael is? Why can't she see him now?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss the literary style of C. S. Lewis and the elements of style which are present in The Great Divorce. How do his choices of point of view, characterization, exposition, irony and foreshadowing affect the novel?

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