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, according to MacDonald, can a horse not sympathize with?

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

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

4. Who wrote, "Tis better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven?"

5. Why does MacDonald explain that Sarah couldn't go to Hell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 are the approaching lights the narrator sees in Chapter 12? What are they doing? What is the song like that he hears?

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

7. Why does the narrator begin to feel unsafe in this place after his encounter with the Hard-Bitten Ghost? What does he hide from?

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

9. What happens when the ghost with the lizard allows the Bright Person to kill the lizard?

10. How did Pam neglect her husband and daughter in her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of love and lust in The Great Divorce. How are "defective love" and "lust" compared? How does the author exemplify this through parable?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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