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 is the name of the demon servant?

2. What is the name of the abode of the Norse gods?

3. What are the names of the twins?

4. Where was Nada's prison in Hell?

5. If someone does hurt the messenger, punishment will come back on that person ____ times over.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Odin want to gain the power?

2. What happens when Dream returns to Dreaming?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What kind of meeting does Destiny call? Where is it held?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The various tales allow for a substantial use of flashback. In fact some stories consist of little else. Discuss the use of flashback in the storytelling process. Does each character give enough information to make the story relatable? If not, why? How do you think Gaiman creates a story within a story using flashback? Do you like the use of flashbacks? Explain.

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

In addition to gods and powerful people, Gaiman also makes many references to animals with special powers as well as the power of speech and reason. Examine how Gaiman uses personification in regards to the animals. Some examples of animals used in the story include the interaction with Matthew, the Merkin, and Odin's ever present ravens. Explain how and why Gaiman chose to employ this method. Was the method effective? Explain. What other creatures might have fit into the story the same way?

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