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 does Worldly Wiseman want Christian to meet?

2. What does Christian warn Ignorance?

3. What does Christian think about Lucre Hill?

4. Whom does Christian meet after leaving the area of the Devil’s Castle?

5. With what is Faithful charged in Vanity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hopeful say about his own life?

2. Where does Christian go from the valley in question 10 and what is bad about it?

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

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

5. What valley does Christian enter after he leaves the top of the mountain and what happens there?

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

7. What does Worldly wise suggest to Christian and how does that turn out?

8. What does Faithful tell Christian about why Faithful is there?

9. Into what do Christian and Pliable accidentally walk and what is the outcome of that accident?

10. What happens at Lucre Hill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Narrative structure refers to a novel's structural framework and the order and manner in which a story is presented to a reader. Answer and discuss the following regarding the narrative structure of The Pilgrim's Progress.

1. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Pilgrim’s Progress, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult or easy to identify the plot elements of this novel? Why?

2. Identify and discuss the major sub-plots and their elements in The Pilgrim’s Progress. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots contribute to the main plot? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many themes are overtly presented in The Pilgrim's Progress through character development, setting, and action. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of faith in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with faith? Why? What are some symbols of faith? What characters seem faithful? Which do not? How does faith help drive the plot?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of false appearances in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be someone other than who they are? How do physical places seem to often represent good or evil and be the opposite?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of the difficulty of salvation in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Why might a reader think the author believes the way to salvation is difficult? How does the author attempt to present this view? What are some of the symbols and metaphors that support this theme?

Essay Topic 3

The Pilgrim’s Progress belongs to the religious allegory genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give examples of three other genres in addition to the religious allegory genre.

2. What are other examples of religious allegories? In what ways to they compare with The Pilgrim's Progress?

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre. How does this apply to The Pilgrim's Progress?

3. What are the key differences between a religious allegory and a historical novel or a mystery novel?

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