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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 has Perrin just done in Chapter 1?

2. What do the two girls do who come to say why they follow Egwene?

3. Who is Cadsuane?

4. What does Bryne tell Egwene that shocks her?

5. What has Perrin figured out about Faile as they are walking to their rooms?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What voice does Rand hear as he draws in saidin?

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

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

7. How do the other Aes Sedai who are there respond to Egwene's actions regarding Lan and what is Egwene's response?

8. Describe Sevanna's interaction with "Caddar."

9. What do Rand and his group find when they enter Cairhien, and about what is Perrin worried?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As in many fantasy novels, magic is an inherent part of a few of the characters and can be wielded by other characters, though not as an inherent aspect of their nature. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the use of magic/channeling source in "A Crown of Swords". Who possesses the ability to channel source as an inherent aspect of their nature? How does the inequality between those who can channel and those who can impact the plot of "A Crown of Swords"?

2. Why do you think magic exists in so many fantasy novels? Do you think a novel can be "fantasy" and there be no magic as a part of the storyline? Why?

3. Would you desire to possess the ability to use magic if there were such a talent in our world? Why? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of possessing such an ability?

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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