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 instrument does Lucifer hope to learn to play?

2. Susano is originally from which country?

3. What did Dream find when he sought out Nada?

4. What is the name of the person visited by Dream?

5. What does Azazel intend to use as a bargaining chip with Dream?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the issue with Dream returning to Hell? Does the issue cause any hesitation on Dream's part?

2. Who does Dream go to for advice about the key? Does Dream receive good advice?

3. Whose child does Dream visit? What is the mother's opinion of Dream?

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

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

6. Who is the messenger sent from Dream to Lucifer? Why is the messenger above being harmed by the demons?

7. What other representatives are present in Dream's court?

8. What theory does Matthew espouse, trying to find the brighter side of Dream's potentially dangerous trip?

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

10. What happens when Dream returns to Dreaming?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gaiman is known for paying homage to various authors and works of literature. Choose at least four references used in the book. Write at least 250 words on each reference. Also add your opinion as to why Gaiman chose that particular author or reference.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Morpheus is one of the most enigmatic and famous characters in mythology. Explain the history of Morpheus. When did the character first appear in literature? What culture seemingly created Morpheus? How has the character changed throughout history? Why do you think Gaiman chose Morpheus as a main character? What other mythological entity would you like to see portrayed in a graphic novel series?

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