A Crown of Swords 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 is one rumor about Rand going around?

2. With whom is Queen Morgase playing a game?

3. Who is Moghedien?

4. What does Lord Bryne want of Egwene?

5. Who is a prisoner of the Whitecloaks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rand know about Mat, Elayne, and Nynaeve, and what worries Rand about them?

2. How does Myrelle act as she is riding with Egwene and Siuan and why is she acting this way?

3. What difficulty does Mat find himself in when he returns to his room at the Inn?

4. What are Falion and Ispan doing in Chapter 17?

5. Whom do Elayne and Nynaeve visit to learn about the Bowl of Winds and what are they told?

6. What does Sammael order and how does Carridin counter the order after Sammael is gone?

7. What does Perrin hear Rand doing after the battle and what is Perrin's response?

8. Who are Perrin's prisoners, what do many think should be done about them, and how does Perrin feel about it?

9. What is Queen Morgase portrayed as doing in the Prologue?

10. What is Faile upset with Perrin and what does Perrin say to calm her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The word "ta'veren" is used frequently in "A Crown of Swords" and in all the other books in Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Discuss the following:

1. Explain the concept of ta'veren and give examples of it to illustrate your explanation.

2. Do you think Jordan uses instances of ta'veren as a narrative contrivance? Why? Give examples to support your stance.

3. How do you think the concept of ta'veren adds to the complexity of the novel? Explain using examples.

Essay Topic 2

Traveling in the Wheel of Time series evolves, a phenomenon that also helps the book's pacing. First, Rand and the others travel by foot and horse; then the "Ways" are introduced, which significantly cuts down on the time it takes to get from one point to another. In "A Crown of Swords", Rand uses a portal stone for travel across vast distances; however, one must first walk to a portal stone, so the travel cannot be said to be instantaneous. Finally, in a later book, a technique called "Traveling" is introduced where a doorway is magically "sliced" into the air and one can instantly be where s/he wants to go. Discuss the following:

1. What is the advantage of having the characters travel by horse and foot across long distances requiring significant amounts of time? What are the disadvantages?

2. How is the plot affected when the ability to travel from point A to point B is drastically reduced? Give examples from the book.

3. How would one or two scenes in "A Crown of Swords" be affected if Rand or any other channeling individual could not instantly move from one place to another?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that the Seanchan who leash and control the damane (women who can channel) can actually channel also. What other irony can you find in "A Crown of Swords"? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "A Crown of Swords". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "A Crown of Swords" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why? Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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