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Paradise Lost by John Milton - Barron's Booknotes
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_____ 1. Milton was Latin secretary to

A. Elizabeth I
B. Oliver Cromwell
C. Charles II

_____ 2. Milton borrowed these devises from the classical epic

I. an invocation
II. extended similes
III. catalogs
IV. beginning in medias res

A. I, III, and IV
B. II and IV only
C. I, II, III, and IV

_____ 3. As Satan addresses his followers in Hell, we see that he is

A. a brilliant leader
B. ashamed to be in Hell
C. trying to get back into God's good graces

_____ 4. The word "pandemonium" originally meant

A. a great noise
B. a house for all devils
C. a beehive

_____ 5. The rebel angel whose mind is on money is

A. Beelzebub
B. Mammon
C. Moloch

_____ 6. In a parallel with Satan, Christ volunteers to

A. become man's savior
B. lead the loyal angels
C. explain the ways of God to man

_____ 7. The World hangs in the middle of

A. Heaven
B. Chaos
C. Limbo

_____ 8. Eve tells Adam he should let her work alone because

A. she is the weaker of the two
B. Satan told her to do so in a dream
C. they have a lot of work to get done

_____ 9. Satan masquerades as

A. a cherub
B. a toad
C. both of the above

_____ 10. Only after the Fall is man made for

I. death
II. sex
III. hard work

A. I and II only
B. II and III only
C. I and III only

11. Eve has two dreams in the poem; there are two great councils, one in
Heaven and one in Hell; Adam and Eve make love twice in the poem. Look
carefully at these pairs and any others you can find and discuss their

12. Explain how the structure of the poem helps to tell the story.

13. Contrast Adam and Eve's marriage before and after the Fall.

14. Discuss free will and freedom in Paradise Lost.

15. Show how ordinary logical reason misleads those who trust it in the

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