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. Who joins the group when they leave the place?

2. What does the group do while they stay at House Beautiful?

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

4. What does Great Heart do to help the group enter House Beautiful?

5. What is the group first shown at the Interpreter’s house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Honest tell them about Fearing and how does the group feel after hearing that story?

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

3. What happens to the group in BeulahLand?

4. Where does the group lodge in Vanity? Why do they stay there? What happens with his two daughters?

5. Why do they need a doctor and what does the doctor give Christiana?

6. How is the group greeted at House Beautiful? What kind of dream does Mercy have?How long does the group stay?

7. What happens to the group when they leave Goodwill’s house?

8. What happens to the group shortly after leaving Vanity?

9. 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?

10. What does the group ask Great Heart when they get to House Beautiful and what is his response?

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 do not have a chance to decide for themselves in this temptation, but are guided and told of the clear wrongs of those characters.

1. Do you think women and men react to moral decisions differently? Why or why not? Use examples from Pilgrim’s Progress and your own life to support your answer.

2. Some of the punishments dealt out in The Pilgrim’s Progress were quite harsh. Discuss the differences in the legal systems of today versus in the 1600’s where, for example, a person might be jailed for life for stealing a piece of bread. Use examples from Pilgrim’s Progress and your own life to support your answer.

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? Use examples from Pilgrim’s Progress and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Pilgrim’s Progress and whether or not it fulfills any of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Pilgrim’s Progress is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, and stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Bunyan chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Bunyan chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Bunyan's use (or lack) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Bunyan use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, and theme).

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