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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 MacDonald say "isn't enough" among mortals?
2. What does the narrator wonder that the whole trip of the Ghosts might be for in Chapter 8?
3. What does the narrator fear would crush him into the earth in Chapter 8?
4. What does the Solid One tell the Well-Dressed Ghost he can't completely do?
5. What happens to the Tragedian?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does MacDonald tell the narrator that the ghosts choose not to take the bus to Heaven?
2. What does the narrator do when MacDonald offers to walk with him uphill? What is the sensation he speaks of?
3. What analogy does the narrator conclude about the figures and the table in Chapter 14?
4. What is MacDonald's reply when the narrator asks him if all he has seen is false?
5. What happens to the narrator when the morning arrives?
6. Why does the Female Ghost change her mind about seeing Robert?
7. How does MacDonald explain Heaven, Hell and Purgatory to the narrator?
8. What happens when the ghost with the lizard allows the Bright Person to kill the lizard?
9. What is the appearance of the two ghosts whom Sarah encounters?
10. How did Pam neglect her husband and daughter in her life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the title of The Great Divorce. What did Lewis write the novel in response to? How does his opinion of the afterlife and the philosophies of sin differ from the noted text?
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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