The Pilgrim's Progress Test | Mid-Book 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. How does Ignorance say he got on the path when he meets Christian?

2. What do the shepherds say about the mountains in question 61?

3. Why does Worldly Wiseman want Christian to meet the people he sends him to meet?

4. What does Faithful say to Christian about the City of Destruction?

5. What did Shame say to Faithful?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Faithful say about some of the people he has met on his journey?

2. What must Christian and Hopeful cross to reach the Celestial City and how does Hopeful help Christian?

3. How does Christian meet Formalist and Hypocrisyand what happens to them and why?

4. What do the shepherds show Christian and Hopeful?

5. What does Atheist say to Christian and Hopeful?

6. What does Evangelist tell Faithful and Christian about the city they are about to enter?

7. Who is Christian and why does he leave his home?

8. How does Christian meet Goodwill and what does Goodwill do for Christian?

9. What city do Christian and Faithful enter? What is there that happens all year?What happens to Faithful and Christian?

10. What are some of the images Interpreter shows Christian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Christian leaves the Valley of the Shadow of Death, he sees the caves of Pope and Pagan, both of which are dead or dying. The Pagan represents the European religions that predate Christianity while the Pope represents the Catholic religion, which Christian, as a Protestant Englishman, has rejected. This same idea is repeated when Christian and Faithful reach Vanity Fair.

1. Discuss how the various religions of the world have produced conflict over doctrine. How are these conflicts illustrated in The Pilgrim’s Progress?

2. What do you see as the difficulties in a religion which has many different beliefs, depending on the sect? How does the author explore these difficulties in the novel?

3. Catholics have persecuted Protestants, and Protestants, when in power, have persecuted Catholics. Discuss how the anger and violence of religious conflict relates to the ultimate message of a loving God which the Christian faith espouses. Use examples from Pilgrim’s Progress to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Give a brief biographical sketch of John Bunyan. When and where was he born? Where was he educated?

2. What in Bunyan's background may have helped in writing The Pilgrim’s Progress? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of Bunyan's agenda in writing The Pilgrim's Progress. Analyze the idea as presented throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Pilgrim’s Progress is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Does the title of The Pilgrim's Progress directly relate to its contents? If so, how? If not, how might the title change to reflect its content?

3. Why do you think the author of The Pilgrim's Progress has chosen not to delineate chapters by title names in this novel? If you were to title the chapters of the book, how would you do so?

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