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. Huginn and Muninn are also referred to as ____________.

2. The tale involves a woman with which of the following names:

3. What does Lucifer do after everyone leaves?

4. What instrument does Lucifer hope to learn to play?

5. What is another name for Heaven?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dream acquiesce? Can Dream trust Lucifer?

2. Who visits Destiny in the garden? What is the purpose of the visit?

3. Who meets with Lucien in the library? What does Lucien say about the room?

4. What does Desire do to torment Dream?

5. What is Lucifer's theory on his existence as the great fallen angel?

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

7. Why does Odin want to gain the power?

8. What bargaining chip does Azazel intend to use to strike a deal with Dream?

9. What happens when Dream returns to Dreaming?

10. Why does Odin go to his son? What does he promise in exchange for help?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Out of all the Endless, Death seems to play the largest part in most of the stories. Discuss the character Death. Why do you think Gaiman places so much emphasis on Death? Do you think Death is the strongest character? How do you compare Death to Dream? Which character do you think is the most important and/or the most developed? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes in the book is good versus evil. List at least four examples where the author employs this specific theme. Is the battle between good and evil obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in the battle? Do you think the right person won? Does good always triumph over evil? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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