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. What being takes Charlene away for treatment?

2. Where is Cluracan put after he crosses paths with Mairon?

3. Who is Mairon's uncle?

4. What happens to Mairon shortly after he conjures the person?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Brant learn about the inn? What does he learn about the storm?

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

3. Explain the regime of the city and how the rulers are viewed by Cluracan.

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

5. What do the stranded travelers do while the storm rages outside?

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

7. Brant falls into a deep sleep. What does Brant see when he awakes?

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

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

10. What is Mairon's political stance? How is the ruler viewed by his people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fear is an important theme throughout the book, particularly when unusual and unexplained things happen. Discuss fear as it is used in "World's End." Explain how fear works into various stories and how it relates to various characters. Some examples include the people's fear of Mairon and Mistress Veltis' fear of punishment for breaking the flask.

Essay Topic 2

Lucifer appears in more than one story as the fallen angel that reigns over hell. Discuss the use of Lucifer in the stories. Does Gaiman's portrayal of Lucifer match your own concept or the concept taught through religion and myth? What kind of powers does Lucifer have? What is your concept of hell in a religious or mythical context? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

As with many fictional fantasy stories there are little if any difference between myths, fables, fairy tales, and religious parables. Compare and contrast these types of stories. In Gaiman's case, there are many references to myth. Research and find an ancient myth of your choice. Convert the myth into a modern day fairy tale. What are the biggest changes that will need to be made? Which are the easiest? Which are the most difficult? How did the story change?

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