The Sandman: Season of Mists 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. What does Lucifer have to say about his job in Hell?

2. According to the ladies, what royal figure will play a part in the prophecy?

3. What was Delirium's previous name?

4. What realm is home to Shivering Jemmy?

5. Where was Nada's prison in Hell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Odin want to gain the power?

2. What is the explanation Dream gives to Matthew about Lucifer?

3. What restriction does Odin put upon Loki? Why does he make the choice?

4. Where does Dream go after arriving in Hell? What does he find?

5. What does Dream find when he arrives in Hell?

6. What is the message given to Destiny by the ladies?

7. What is upsetting for Lucifer? What is his thought on the matter?

8. Describe the opening scene. Which character is present? What is the setting? What does it mean?

9. What does Desire do to torment Dream?

10. What are Lucifer's plans once he leaves Hell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare "Seasons of Mist" with one or more of Gaiman's other books in the series. Which is, in your opinion, the best? Explain. Which did you like the least? Explain. What future scenarios might you want to see in upcoming books? Which characters would you like to see portrayed more often? Why?

Essay Topic 2

As with many fictional fantasy stories there are little if any difference between myths, fables, fairy tales and religious parables. Compare and contrast these types of stories. In Gaiman's case there are many references to myth. Research and find an ancient myth of your choice. Convert the myth into a modern day fairy tale. What are the biggest changes that will need to be made? Which are the easiest? Which are the most difficult? How did the story change?

Essay Topic 3

Gaiman uses many metaphors in his writing, some of which are quite subtle. Choose at least three strong metaphors and three subtle metaphors for use in discussion. What do you think prompts Gaiman to utilize metaphors? Which are the most obvious to you? Are some metaphors and references too obscure for the general public? Explain.

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