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 item does the character carry while s/he walks?

2. Dream immediately notices that Hell seems to be:

3. Which of the siblings had recently forsaken his duties?

4. Who serves as Dream's messenger?

5. Dream goes to which sibling for advice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Desire do to torment Dream?

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

8. Dream calls a meeting to discuss what issue? Where is the discussion held?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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