The Sandman: The Wake 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. When the angel sheds a tear, people can see all but which of the following?

2. What is the name of the place the man oversees?

3. What was the name of Calliope's son?

4. Lucien is in charge of which part of the castle?

5. What is wrong with Mervyn?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Endless informed of Dream's death? In which order are they informed?

2. Matthew stops to speak with the Guardians of the Gate. Who is present? What is the topic?

3. What happens when Li awakes in the desert? What saves Li?

4. Who arrives at the meeting? Where is it held? Who is missing from the gathering?

5. Dream and Matthew talk about Dream's death. What is the issue between Matthew and Dream? What is Matthew's request?

6. What is the closing poem of the chapter?

7. Matthew makes a reference to Mark Twain. To whom is Matthew speaking and what is the quote?

8. What is the opening passage in Chapter 2?

9. What creature does Master Li adopt? Why?

10. Who approaches Dream with news about the family? What is the news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Out of all the Endless, Death seems to play the largest part in most of the stories despite the fact that the earliest stories are focused on Dream. 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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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 eternal and immortal, how were they created?

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