The Sandman Vol. 8: World's End 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. Cluracan is suddenly struck by which of the following?

2. Robert becomes deathly afraid of which of the following?

3. Who visits Cluracan in secret?

4. Where does Mairon go during the uproar?

5. Robert and the beautiful woman decided that they were caught in the dreaming city's _______.

Short Essay Questions

1. The story starts out with two people traveling. Who are the people and where are they going?

2. Who visits in Cluracan in secret?

3. How does Mairon react to Cluracan's prophecy?

4. Cluracan experiences a prophecy, albeit against his will. What is the prophecy?

5. What time of year is it? What are the weather conditions?

6. What is the general atmosphere regarding the citizens of Aurelian? What is the tone of the city?

7. Where is Cluracan from and why is he sent away?

8. What does Tucker do when he discovers that Charlene is injured? Where do they go?

9. How long has it been since Cluracan visited Aurelian? What is the condition of the city when he arrives?

10. Who volunteers to tell the next tale? What is unusual about the character?

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 easy to relate to? Why or why not? How do you think Gaiman creates a story within a story using flashbacks? Do you like the use of flashbacks? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Some of the stories in the book are too fantastical to be believed by someone who was not there to experience it firsthand. How might you react if a person approached you with such an outrageous tale that it could only happen in myth? Would you believe the person? Would you think the person was crazy? Would you ask for proof? If so, what kind of proof would you require?

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