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. Whom do the shepherds tell Christian and Hopeful to ignore?

2. What two places do the shepherds show Christian and Hopeful?

3. What is wrong with the giant Pagan?

4. From what city are Formalist and Hypocrisy?

5. With what is Faithful charged in Vanity?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Christian get out of the river? Who meets them on the other side?Where do they go?

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

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

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

5. What is at the top of the mountain? Who is there?What do they ask Christian?

6. Who do Christian and Hopeful meet after they leave the shepherds? What does that person say to them?What is Christian’s response?

7. Where do Christian and Hopeful go after leaving the Enchanted Ground and where is it in relation to Celestial City?

8. What does Talkative tell Christian and Faithful and what does Christian say about Talkative? What does Faithful say once he understands Talkative?

9. Where does Christian meet Timorous and Mistrust and why is it nightfall before he gets to the top of the mountain?

10. Whom do Christian and Hopeful meet after Christian leaves Vanity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The female pilgrims find the path changed from when Christian walked it. The first set of bad characters, Simple, Sloth, and Presumption, are not there to tempt the pilgrims. Instead, they have been punished and made into a warning. Again, the female pilgrims are guided and told of the clear wrongs of these characters.

1. Do you think women and men react to moral decisions differently? Why or why not? Use examples from the novel to support your answer.

2. Some of the punishments dealt out in The Pilgrim’s Progress are quite harsh. Discuss the differences in the legal systems of today versus in the 1600s. How have the forms of punishment changed?

3. Do you think if a person is always told exactly what to do that might hinder the person from developing a moral fortitude? Why or why not? How is this idea explored in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes The Pilgrim’s Progress interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Christian. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Christiana. Is Christiana the hero or protagonist in the narrative or does she serve as an antagonist? How does she contribute to the plot? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Discuss and analyze the character of Great Heart. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character?

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of the Interpreter. How does the Interpreter contribute to the novel's plot? Is he aligned with the protagonists of the novel or the antagonists?

Essay Topic 3

Setting is a literary element with many qualities: It can establish mood, tone, and circumstances. It can also contribute directly to a novel's plot. Discuss one of the following regarding setting in The Pilgrim's Progress:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Pilgrim’s Progress.

2. In what ways does the author employ symbolism and imagery in his depictions of the settings in the narrative? What do the settings themselves represent symbolically or metaphorically?

3. What themes are developed through the author's depictions of settings in The Pilgrim's Progress? How are they developed?

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