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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. Who is Lan?

2. Who is Elayne?

3. Whose voice does Rand hear in his head?

4. What is Rand trying to convince some rulers about Aes Sedai?

5. Whom did Lews Therin kill?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens just as the practice sword fight starts?

3. Describe the first encounter between Mat and Tylin when Mat moves to the Palace.

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

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

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

7. Why did Faile align herself with Colavaere?

8. What happens to Rand during the fighting, though at first it seems insignificant?

9. What does Beslan say to Mat about Beslan's mother, Tylin, and how does Mat feel about what Beslan says?

10. What happens as Nynaeve is on a boat to go meet with the Sea Folk?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Rand to Sammael. Who seems more powerful? What are the goals of each? Are both either all good or all evil? Who is more likable? How do both use their political power?

2. Compare/contrast Nynaeve to Elayne. How are their goals similar and/or different? What is the difference in the way they interact with people? Who is more idealistic? Harsh? Powerful? How do their magical talents compare?

3. Compare/contrast Siuan to Leane. How do they approach the healing of their stilling in different ways? Who is more likable? Who is the more sympathetic character? Or are either? Are they both good? Evil? Or a combination?

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. Trace and analyze the theme of power throughout "A Crown of Swords". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of magic throughout "A Crown of Swords". What characters are most concerned with magic? Why? What are some symbols of magic? How does the ability to channel give an automatic advantage to someone over another who cannot channel? Is there abuse of this ability?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of evil throughout "A Crown of Swords". What characters are what you would call evil? Why? What are some symbols of evil? Symbols of good? Are more characters evil than good or vice versa? Do you think in general, there is less evil than good in the book?

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