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 does the Tragedian Ghost wear?

2. Who is an example of what natural affection turns to in the end if it will not be converted?

3. How much was the Female Ghost's husband "pottering along" on when she met him?

4. Which ghost does the narrator encounter in the small clearing in Chapter 8?

5. What in the song sung by the followers of Sarah cannot scare her in the night?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator see when things suddenly change in Chapter 14? What do the figures on the table do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the Tragedian do that makes the dwarf get smaller? What does Sarah say about this?

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

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 Lewis' use of irony in The Great Divorce. What are the three forms of irony? Give an example of each within the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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