The Sandman Vol. 8: World's End Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Sea Witch is illustrated as what type of ship?

2. What adjective best describes Prez's presidential life?

3. Despite Smiley's offers Prez staunchly refuses to do what?

4. The leviathan is a gatekeeper to which location?

5. What does Brant eat in the beginning of this section?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In World's End, the group of travelers has gathered to tell stories while the reality storm passes. Give an overview of the group, where each came from, and why s/he ended up at World's End. Also include non-travelers, such as the inn's proprietor. Do you think it was fate that brought the group together? How do you think the experience changed the characters? Were the changes for good or bad? How did the group part ways. Was the experience real? Do you think the characters will meet up again in a future book?

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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