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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 are Falion and Ispan doing?

2. What message does Mat write to Nynaeve and Elayne?

3. Why is Myrelle upset?

4. What goes against the practices of Aes Sedai that the young Aes Sedai do?

5. How does Perrin feel about what the men want to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conversation between Cadsuane and several Aes Sedai who accompany Rand.

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

3. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

4. What do the two young Aes Sedai say and do when they follow Egwene to her tent?

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

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

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

8. What happens when Omerna comes into the room where Niall and Morgase are?

9. What message does Mat write to Elayne and Nynaeve and what does he notice about the ring with which he seals the message?

10. Describe the conversation between Bryne and Egwene as they are riding together.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rand becomes much more upset over the deaths of women than he is over those of men, especially if he thinks he is in some way responsible. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Rand's attitude towards women versus men. How are they similar/different? Is he less harsh towards women? Does he treat some women (such as Aes Sedai) differently than others?

2. When Perrin approaches Rand after a battle Rand is reciting a long list of women who have died because of him. Discuss and analyze this situation in light of Rand's attitude towards women and his thoughts about what happens in this scene.

3. Does Rand need to re-evaluate his attitude towards women? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Several of the Forsaken appear in "A Crown of Swords". Discuss the following:

1. Who are the Forsaken and what do you think is their role in the Wheel of Time series (you should be able to figure this out through what is said in "A Crown of Swords").

2. Compare/contrast the Forsaken with those in power that are supposedly on the "good" side--such as the Aes Sedai, the Whitecloaks and some Aiel.

3. Discuss the implications of Nynaeve being able to capture Moghedien and Rand having Asmodean to heel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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