The Sandman Vol. 8: World's End Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 unfortunate event happens along the way?

2. How long has it been since the last time the character went to the city?

3. Who goes away with Mairon?

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

5. What item is used to transport the potion?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the characters, what caused the unusual storm?

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

3. When and where was Jim born? When did she leave home?

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

5. Discuss Petrefex's explanation of proper corpse disposal.

6. Who is Petrefex? Where is Petrefex's home?

7. When do things begin to go wrong for Prez? What happens?

8. Who observed the disposal and led the burial party?

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

10. What does Cluracan learn about the current regime? How did it come to be? Who is in charge?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Politics are also referred to in the book. In Cluracan's Tale, Gaiman refers to the politics of Aurelian and Cluracan's duty to interfere in a summit. In "The Golden Boy" the author devotes an entire story to a chosen one's rise in politics. 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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