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 did Dream find when he sought out Nada?

2. Who begins to torment Dream with an old tale?

3. Who is the father of the messenger?

4. According to Lucifer, of which of the following is he not the owner?

5. What is the name of the character that opens Episode 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What request does Lucifer make when Dream summons him?

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

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

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

5. Who visits the abode? What does the god do as a result of the visit?

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

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

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

9. What is the name of the abode of the Norse gods? Who is the king god?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are references to the dead or undead throughout the book. Why do you think that is the case? Do you think it has to do with the nature of the characters, the story, or as a vehicle to introduce and utilize the Endless? Do you think the use of the undead is effective? How do living characters interact with those that have died? How would you feel if you met the undead in a public venue?

Essay Topic 2

Politics are also referred to in the book. In several instances, a character must obey by the rules and therefore politics, even in an alternate world. This can be seen in the way Dream deals with the issue of reopening Hell or in Odin's attempts to rein in and punish Loki. Discuss the use of politics in the graphic novel. Do you think politics are an important part of the book? Explain. How else could Gaiman incorporate politics into the book? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Not all lovers of literature are fans of the graphic novel. Some parents are concerned that a child will become so intrigued with fantasy that he will begin to believe in and dabble in the magic arts. Discuss the magic arts as they apply to fairy tales. What are magic arts? What might a child want to try? Is any one of the arts dangerous? How might it go against a family's structure or moral code? Have you ever dabbled in the magic arts? Explain. Which would be most commonly investigated by a curious child? What do you think would happen?

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