The Pilgrim's Progress 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 Mercy dream her first night in House Beautiful?

2. With whom does the author have a conversation with to justify the second part of the book?

3. What is the group lectured on when they stop for the night after meeting Honest?

4. What are the group of pilgrims told they did wrong when they left the gatekeeper’s house?

5. What does a man refuse in a scene the Interpreter shows the group?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the men of the group do? Who marries James? Who marries Matthew?

2. What does the group see as they come to House Beautiful and how did Christian deal with it? How does Great Heart deal with it?

3. What does Honest tell the group about Self-Will?

4. Where does the group stop shortly after meeting Honest and what are they told there?

5. Why is Mercy worried about the journey?

6. What happens to the group in BeulahLand?

7. Why does Christiana decide to go on a journey?

8. What happens to the group at DelectableMountain?

9. What does the Interpreter show the group that he did not show Christian?

10. What happens to the group in the morning at the Interpreter’s house and what does he do before the group leaves? Where are they going next?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Some books embody character-driven plots while others are action driven. Still others seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven? Which of these styles do you think that The Pilgrim's Progress falls into?

2. In what ways does plot structure differ between works that are character driven versus action driven? How is this illustrated in The Pilgrim's Progress?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

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