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 Lucifer ask Dream to remove so they can talk?

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

3. Who visits the garden?

4. Dream goes to which sibling for advice?

5. Through which gate does Dream enter Hell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Odin want to gain the power?

5. What does Desire do to torment Dream?

6. What is discussed at the meeting?

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

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

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

10. Which members of the family attend the meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the origin of the Endless. Some say that the characters have always existed and therefore are immortal and eternal. What is your opinion on the subject? Do you think the family is actually "Endless?" Where do you think they came from? If they are eternal and immortal, how were they created?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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