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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 Rand trying to convince some rulers about Aes Sedai?

2. Who is Colavaere?

3. To what group does Marigan belong?

4. How many maidens have died protecting Rand?

5. Where is Mat attacked?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Cadsuane? What does she say to Rand and what is his response?

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

3. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

4. What does Egwene do that night in her dream state?

5. What happens when Rand confronts Colavaere?

6. Who is watching Caddar, aka Sammael, interact with Sevanna and what does she decide?

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

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

9. What does Rand ask of Perrin and what does Perrin say to Rand about the prisoner Aes Sedai?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why?

5. What type of plot do you think "A Crown of Swords" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "A Crown of Swords".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "A Crown of Swords". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "A Crown of Swords". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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